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New York Penn Station turns 100


This month, New York Penn Station will mark its 100th anniversary.

About 550,000 passengers pass through the facility each day, making it the busiest station in Amtrak’s system and one of the busiest transportation hubs in the world, according to a press release. Penn Station also is used by MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and New Jersey Transit trains, as well as Amtrak high-speed trains and other intercity services. Combined, the three agencies operate more than 1,000 weekday trains at the station.

Penn Station opened in 1910; public areas were reconstructed in 1968.

Amtrak will celebrate the facility’s anniversary on Oct. 18 by displaying rare photos, artifacts and other items that commemorate the station’s history. In addition, representatives from Amtrak, NJ Transit and LIRR will be on hand to reminisce about some of the station’s most memorable moments.

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