Following a few delays, Penn Station’s West End Concourse has finally opened to the public, NY1 has learned. Part of the overall revamp of the much-reviled station, the West End Concourse connects the James A. Farley Post Office Building to Penn Station, underground.
Originally scheduled to open in the fall of 2016, the project was pushed back with an estimated spring 2017 completion due to tech-focused upgrades to the station, including the new digital information screens, and the ceiling-mounted LED displays.
Penn Station tracks run below both Madison Square Garden and the post office building, and the thought was that creating an additional entrance would ease congestion in the main station area.
As NY1 points out, this is the first time that passenger access has been extended under the post office building, and this also marks the completion of the first phase of what will eventually be the complete transformation of the post office building into the Moynihan Train Hall, replete with retail and office space.
The West End Concourse entrance in Penn Station New York (31st & 8th) is now open, providing addtl access to station & tracks for NJT cstmrs pic.twitter.com/cx0aPnLdKC— NJ TRANSIT (@NJTRANSIT) June 15, 2017