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Gov. Cuomo's Plan Would Expand Penn Station Tracks by 40%
"Pennsylvania Station, the busiest rail station in the Western Hemisphere, would add eight tracks to its 21-track layout," reports Christina Goldbaum. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the expansion plan on Monday this week.
"The new tracks would allow Penn Station to accommodate an additional 175,000 riders to the 650,000 daily travelers who flow through the station now, Mr. Cuomo said during a speech to a business group."
As noted in the article, the new expansion plan is only a component in a larger suite of planned changes intended to improve both transit service in and out of the station as well as the user experience at the station.
The article includes statements from transit advocates in the city expressing both support and skepticism about the plan. Missing from the article is a take that made the rounds on Twitter yesterday that more tracks and platform space is not the problem ailing transit service at Penn Station.
Penn Station doesn't need more tracks or platforms
1. Get the commuter rails to stop squabbling
Penn Station = 11 island platforms, 21 tracks, 1200 trains/day
Tokyo Station = 10 island platforms, 20 tracks, 3000 trains/day https://t.co/Xq8WCNt9FF
— 20 8-car trains per hour, 19 hours/day, every day (@HeadwaysMatter) January 6, 2020