1st phase of Moynihan Station opens to public, offers airy access to LIRR

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The first phase of the Moynihan Station opened for business Thursday morning, offering new airy access to Long Island Rail Road trains into Penn Station that frequently derided by commuters for being dark, dangerous and overcrowded.

The new entrance, at the intersection of Eighth Avenue and West 33rd Street, takes commuters to a new west-end concourse that includes a calming digital sky and large windows that allow commuters to view the trains below.

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Tim Fleischer reports on the new entrance at Penn Station.

The wide layout and clear signage, including large digital screens that display schedule and track info, are a marked change from the current LIRR entrances to Penn Station, which sometimes are packed to the point of having to be closed by police for safety.

Below is a 360 image of the new Moynihan Station click and drag to look around:
App users:click here to experience the station in 360.

The larger project involves redeveloping the historic Farley Post Office into the 255,000-square-foot Moynihan Train Hall to serve passengers on Amtrak and LIRR trains. The facility will also have substantial office and retail space.

Penn Station now serves 650,000 passengers per day - three times the number it was designed for - making it the busiest train station in North America. It is due to undergo significant renovations in the coming months, during which Gov. Andrew Cuomo has dubbed "the summer of hell."

The full project is slated for completion in 2020.

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