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11/22/2004



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New York, New Jersey port authority to help fund Penn Station platform extension



The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey recently approved providing $10 million to the Moynihan Station Development Corp. to design and build an extension to Penn Station’s West End Concourse to link the facility with the future Moynihan Station.

Located on the Eighth Avenue side of Penn Station, the existing concourse currently serves MTA Long Island Rail Road passengers. The proposed extension would link the concourse with platforms now used by New Jersey Transit and Amtrak passengers, and complement NJ Transit’s plans to extend the concourse to Penn Station’s two southern platforms.

Scheduled to begin in mid-2005 and take two-and-a-half years to complete, the project is designed to relieve rush hour crowding on platforms serving commuters from New Jersey, and Orange and Rockland county, New York.

Designed to relive rush hour congestion in Penn Station, the future Moynihan Station will be located in the Farley Post Office building on Eighth Avenue. The facility will serve passengers connecting to AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark, and improve access between Penn Station platforms and West Midtown



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