New York’s massive Penn Station expansion, renovation about to kick off
After 20 years of starts and stops, a massive expansion of New York’s Penn Station is set to begin. The $270 million first phase will expand a concourse and add entryways on the western end of the station. Work is scheduled to be finished in 2016. The expanded concourse will relieve pedestrian congestion by adding escalators and elevators as well as additional street-level entrances. The second phase of the project, to cost $500 million, is planned to turn the basement of the station’s post office into Amtrak’s new terminal. Most of the rest of the building will be turned into a massive concourse with a six-story-high atrium.