New York’s governor has unveiled proposals to renovate
and modernize Pennsylvania Station, the busiest transit station in the nation,
and to significantly expand and upgrade the city’s main convention center.
Speaking at Madison Square Garden, Gov. Andrew Cuomo
announced a $3 billion plan to make Penn Station and the adjacent James A.
Farley Post Office into a "world-class transportation hub” with
"first-class amenities, natural light, increased train capacity and
decreased congestion, and improved signage to dramatically enhance the travel
The plan is to break ground this year and complete substantial construction within the next three years.
Cuomo’s proposal says that the station is designed to
accommodate 200,000 daily passengers, but in practice, as the busiest train
station in North America, it serves more than 650,000 passengers every day, and
is "plagued by widespread pedestrian congestion and outdated facilities.”
“Penn Station is the heart of New York’s economy and
transportation network, but it has been outdated, overcrowded and unworthy of
the Empire State for far too long,” Cuomo stated. “We want to build Penn
Station to be better than it ever was, and that is exactly what we are going to
Cuomo also announced a $1 billion expansion of the Javits
Center, giving it 1.2 million more feet of event space, including a 60,000
square foot ballroom. In addition, 500,000 square feet of the exhibition space
will be contiguous on one level, which NYC & Company, the city's
tourism-marketing organization, calls an industry distinction.
“This robust plan to add more convention and meetings
space capacity is welcoming news for the more than 6 million meetings delegates
that convene in New York City each year,”
stated Fred Dixon, CEO of NYC & Company. "This addition will
ensure NYC continues to lead in the convention and exhibition industry."