In the future, Penn Station—cramped, claustrophobic, and generally an unpleasant place to commute through—could be at the center of a new transit-oriented district encompassing the current complex, the in-the-works Moynihan Train Hall, and a new terminal just south of the station.
Or at least, that’s the plan for the area as outlined by Gov. Andrew Cuomo during a speech at the Association for a Better New York. In the lead-up to his annual State of the State address, Cuomo unveiled a proposal to turn the area surrounding Penn Station into “one interconnected Empire Station Complex,” which would link the new and existing transit halls. The idea, according to Cuomo, is to create a hub that would help decrease congestion, encourage mass transit use, and boost economic development in the area.