Monday, September 14, 2009

Return of the Megaproject: Moynihation Station is Back!

Governor David Paterson, Senator Charles Schumer and Amtrak President Joe Boardman announced Sunday that months of intensive negotiations have resulted in a general agreement and mutual understanding on the basic terms and conditions that will lead to the redevelopment of New York City's historic Farley Post Office Building into a new inter-city passenger train station and center for most of Amtrak's New York City service.

So what finally led to a deal with Amtrak? According to the New York Times, Amtrak's new chief—a former New York State transportation commissioner—has been on board with the Moynihan Station plan and the government agreed to let Amtrak share in the revenue from the retail outlets that will fill the new station.

Another theory from - the recent revisiting of the demolition of the original, stunning Penn Station on Mad Men filled everyone with a renewed sense of shame.

I think this is great news. Penn Station is horrible, the busiest train station in the USA needs to be more impressive and efficient than the sore of a station that's there now.


  • I think this announcement is the result of a basic quid pro quo. More here:

    By Blogger Ran Barton, at 11:55 PM, September 14, 2009  

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