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Amtrak and New Jersey Transit earlier this week began work to update a ticketed waiting area at New York Penn Station.
As part of the $7.2 million joint investment, the seating area at the Amtrak Concourse on the station's upper level and 8th Avenue side will feature new furniture, fixtures, USB outlets, LED lighting, an information desk and a family area with a nursing mothers’ pod. The upgrade will also remove a midpoint barrier and create a second entrance to the space for easier access, Amtrak officials said in a press release.
“These improvements will help reduce overcrowding in the NJ Transit waiting area, improve pedestrian flow through the station, and generally provide for a more comfortable environment for NJ Transit customers using New York Penn Station as an origin or destination,” NJ Transit President and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Corbett said.
The project will be completed in two phases: The first began Jan. 7 and the second will start in March, after the first phase is completed. The second phase is expected to wrap up in June.