Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye knows how to sell a project alright. Announcing a $270 million expansion into Moynihan Station that will double the length of Penn Station's western concourse and expand access to Amtrak and NJ Train platforms to six entrances on 33rd and 33rd Street that will include elevators and escalators, Foye admitted that the current situation is pretty bad, but that commuters' routines would "be fit for humans" after the Moynihan Station project was complete. Project officials are expected to announce the winning bidder for construction of Phase I of the project this afternoon, after all of the earlier bids were rejected for being too high. Reuters reports that Skanska will be the recipient of a $148 million contract to add two entrances to the Farley Post Office at 31st and 33rd Streets and widen concourses below ground to ease the interchange of passengers between the LIRR, NJ Transit and Amtrak.
Work on Phase I is scheduled to begin in 2012 and conclude by 2016, according to Capital NY.
· Moynihan Station Is Finally Happening, Port Authority Says. Or At Least Part of It [CAP]
· NY's Penn Station to Expand, Finally, with $270 Million Plan [Reuters]
· Moynihan Station coverage [Curbed]