Amtrak’s New Moynihan Train Hall to Open on January 1, 2021 in NYC Across From the Old Penn Station
The Moynihan Train Hall, a replacement for New York’s Penn Station, will be opening to the public on January 1, 2021 as per a posting on Amtrak’s related page.
According to their FAQs, “Moynihan Train Hall and New York Penn Station will operate as one complex. Though Amtrak will maintain a presence at Penn Station, Moynihan Train Hall will be our new home in New York City.”
Located across from Penn Station between west 31st and west 33rd Streets from 8th avenue towards 9th, the new facility will be offering the following enhanced customer amenities:
- A grand and spacious train hall featuring a sky lit atrium
- Dedicated customer waiting areas
- A combined ticketing and baggage area
- Improved passenger comfort and security
- Accessibility for customers with disabilities
- Complimentary WiFi in all customer spaces
- Dedicated lactation lounge for nursing mothe
The redevelopment project to convert the James A. Farley Building into this new transportation hub has been going on for the past decade. It was back in the 1990s that NY Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan expressed and pursued his transformational vision.
The Farley Building earned NYC Landmark status in 1966. Previously known as the main US Postal Service Building, it was sold to New York State in 2006. According to a 2005 New York Times Article titled Team Chosen for Project to Develop Transit Hub, New York State, at the time, placed a $20 million down payment on the purchase of the building from the Postal Service. The total purchase price was $230 million.
Amtrak’s site states that the The Moynihan Train Hall will be open to the public daily from 5:00 am to 1:00 am.
Their page also outlines the following: “… all Amtrak operations will be handled at New York Penn Station, including baggage, Red Cap services, access and egress to platforms.”
The following Youtube video, posted early in the week, shows a Fly-through animation through Moynihan Train Hall: