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CAPACITY ENHANCEMENTS ON THE WAY FOR NEW YORK PENN STATION

New concourse and extended platforms to complement Moynihan Station Project

April 12, 2006
NJT-06-050
Contact: Dan Stessel 973-491-7078

NEWARK, NJ — The NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors today authorized preliminary design for the creation of a new concourse to connect to the new Moynihan Train Station, a critical early action item of the Access to the Region’s Core (ARC) project that will expand the capacity of the New York Penn Station complex and improve pedestrian flow throughout the facility.

“Preparing for forecasted demand to Midtown Manhattan remains a top priority for both Governor Corzine and the NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors,” said Transportation Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chairman Kris Kolluri. “We are pleased that together with our regional partners, we are continuing to advance improvements that will benefit our commuters, our economy and our regional mobility.”

The project is a key component of NJ TRANSIT’s plans for Moynihan Station and expanded rail service, helping to provide NJ TRANSIT customers with a vital and effective commuter gateway into Manhattan, complementing both the existing Penn Station and the proposed 34th Street Station that is part of THE Tunnel project.

“Today’s Board action advances a critical component of our overall plan to expand trans-Hudson capacity and improve the commute to Manhattan,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George D. Warrington. “The extended platforms offer more, better and faster vertical access to and from platforms and trains, and enable the operation of three to four more trains per hour when completed.”

The new concourse will connect to the Moynihan Station and the Long Island Rail Road’s 8th Avenue Concourse. The project also includes extending the platforms serving tracks one through four to accommodate longer trains and connect them with the new concourse. Taken together, these measures are expected to significantly improve customer circulation throughout the station.

Today’s contract amendment with Transit Link Consultants, a Joint Venture of Parsons Brinckerhoff of Newark and Systra Consulting, Inc. of Bloomfield, will ensure that the new concourse is well integrated with a series of New York Penn Station capacity enhancements initiated by NJ TRANSIT to augment the Moynihan Station and Trans-Hudson Express (THE) Tunnel projects.

In November, NJ TRANSIT executed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Moynihan Station Development Corporation (MSDC) that will enable NJ TRANSIT to become the anchor rail tenant at the new Moynihan Station on 8th Avenue in New York City. Moynihan Station will provide an alternate means for customers to access the boarding platforms of Penn Station and as a result, improve the effective passenger moving capacity of the station complex. With the additional customer capacity, the platforms serving tracks one through four will be lengthened on both ends to accommodate longer trains.

ARC features the new Trans-Hudson Express (THE) Tunnel as its centerpiece and together with added track, station and train storage facilities will double trans-Hudson rail capacity to meet peak-period demand for service between New Jersey and Manhattan—projected to surge from 43,000 passengers today to 86,000 passengers by 2025.

The new concourse, platform extensions and related New York Penn Station capacity enhancements are expected to be completed by 2010.

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 827,000 weekday trips on 240 bus routes, three light rail lines and 11 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 162 rail stations, 55 light rail stations and more than 17,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.