Gov. Patterson Promises Progress On Moynihan Station

For the last number of years, our local officials & many other transit advocates have been pushing for the creation of the Moynihan Station. The station would serve as the new & highly improved home of the Amtrak, Long Island Rail Road, & New Jersey Transit. Unfortunately due to many different circumstances including the never ending feud between the three commuter rail roads, not much progress has been made. However if New York Governor David Patterson has his way, the hub will serve as the gateway to Midtown Manhattan. Douglas Feiden of the New York Daily News has more in this report:

Long-stalled plans to replace gloomy Penn Station with a handsome new transit hub were back on track Friday after Gov. Paterson said the Port Authority should take over the project.

Noting that three governors had tried to build a transportation mecca named for the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Paterson pledged he would succeed where his predecessors had failed.

“We will make Moynihan Station the gateway to New York and the engine that revitalizes midtown Manhattan,” he boasted at a New York Building Congress luncheon.

“We’re going to respond to this challenge – and do you know why we’re going to respond? There’s a new sheriff in town.”

Paterson’s call to advance the $3 billion hub included a threat to pull the plug if the Long Island Rail Road, New Jersey Transit, Amtrak and other governmental agencies don’t meet certain conditions.

The governor’s demands included building additional train tracks and platforms to expand rail capacity, revitalizing the surrounding neighborhood, building a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River and forcing three feuding railroads to unify some operations.

Amtrak, all but broke and refusing to relocate its inter-city rail service from Penn Station into the landmark Farley Post Office across the street, would also have to come on board, Paterson insisted.

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