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NJ Transit Awards $4.1M Contract for Penn Station

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

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The New Jersey Transit Board of Directors recently authorized a $4.1 million contract for a preliminary design as well as engineering and construction assistance for the Central Concourse Extension at Penn Station New York.

The contract went to FXCollaborative Architects, of New York.

“Penn Station New York is the busiest rail station in the N.J. Transit system serving nearly 100,000 customers every day,’’ said New Jersey Transit President and CEO Kevin Corbett. This project, in partnership with Amtrak, will enhance pedestrian flow within the station, adding access to platforms and improving the overall experience for customers using the station.’’

The Central Concourse Extension is a proposed corridor that will provide additional access to Tracks 1-12. The project also aims to improve passenger connectivity within the station and to the street, as well as access between the trains on the platforms and the station itself.

N.J. Transit

The New Jersey Transit Board of Directors recently authorized a $4.1 million contract for a preliminary design as well as engineering and construction assistance for the Central Concourse Extension at Penn Station New York.

The design work in this phase is anticipated to be complete in 2023.

This project is just one of the engagements between N.J. Transit and initiatives regarding PSNY. Additional activities include:

  • Partnering with Amtrak on a redesign and opening up of the existing Level B (Main Concourse) waiting room, which will become fully available for NJ TRANSIT customers and will include a ticketed customer entrance on its east side to provide easier access from N.J. Transit’s 7th Avenue Concourse;
  • Engaging with Amtrak on its plans for moving a major portion of Amtrak’s daytime passenger operations across 8th Avenue to Moynihan Train Hall, and will work to develop an expansion of N.J. Transit’s passenger facilities in its transition to be the primary railroad occupant on Level B; and
  • Working with Amtrak, the MTA and others on a Master Plan design effort for Penn Station, which will build on the earlier work of the Penn Station Visioning Study that identified the Central Concourse Extension project as a fundamental improvement for passenger circulation.

More Penn Station Work

Construction began on the new $600 million entrance for the station last summer. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled designs for the entry the month before.

The work aims to give commuters direct access to the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) and the city's subway. The project also includes three escalators, one stairway and an elevator and will see one LIRR concourse widened from 30 feet to 57 feet and the ceiling height increased to a uniform 18 feet.

That entrance work is part of a multibillion-dollar plan to improve the station—announced in September 2016—that includes a transformation of the nearby historic James A. Farley Post Office building into a transportation hub and another LIRR track.

In December 2017, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority awarded a $1.8 billion design-build contract to 3TC—a joint venture that includes Dragados USA, John P. Picone Inc., CCA Civil Inc., Halmar International LLC, Stantec and Cameron Engineering—to build a third track for the LIRR.

The project's total value is estimated to be approximately $2.6 billion. The 9.8-mile project is expected to be completed by late 2022.

The $1.6 billion conversion of the Farley building into Moynihan Train Hall also began in 2017. When complete, the 255,000-square-foot hall will have nine train platforms, 17 tracks and a skylight—plus 700,000 square feet of retail and other commercial space—and will provide an underground connection to Penn Station.

Related Cos., Vornado Realty Trust and Skanska USA entered a design-build contract and reportedly put $630 million into the deal in order to secure operating rights.


Tagged categories: Contract awards; Contracts; Maintenance + Renovation; Mass transit; NA; North America; Public Transit; Renovation

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