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New York Group's Plan for Fixing Penn Station: Rebuild, Update and Modernize Charles McKim's Original Masterpiece

Architecture News By Rebuild Penn Station | Posted on September 08, 2019 02:24 PM

"A reconstructed Penn Station restoring natural light to track levels, widening platforms, and adding desperately needed triple staircase/escalator combinations to each platform." PRNewsFoto/Rebuild Penn Station  

Architecture News by Rebuild Penn Station : Samuel Turvey, chairman of REBUILD PENN STATION, a project of the National Civic Arts Society, calls for the restoration of the original McKim, Mead and White railroad station as a solution to what ails the ugly, inefficient, and dangerous present day transit hub.

"We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get this right—New York demands a reimagined station to improve the lives of the 600,000 plus commuters and tourists who use Penn Station daily," says Turvey.

On a recent segment of public television's MetroFocus, host Rafael Pi Roman, questioned Turvey and architect, Richard Cameron, on the feasibility of Penn Station's return to greatness. "There is a precedent for historic restoration happening around the world," says Cameron, a key member of Rebuild Penn Station's team.

But this is not just your father's train station. Rebuild Penn Station's plan calls for a massive modernization of infrastructure with the removal of redundant tracks and expansion of platforms to ease congestion—a concept first suggested by the New York-based transportation design firm, ReThinkNYC.

In any event, the rebuilding and reconstruction of a thoroughly modern transportation facility with a nod to the past is a daunting task in the current political climate. "Governor Cuomo has done more than anyone to drive improvements, and we're grateful—he needs to see that our plan is a full solution that deals with infrastructure, economic development, and restoration of a great civic space. We believe he'll see our vision," adds Turvey.

Source: PR Newswire/Rebuild Penn Station


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