Construction of both the widened concourse and new entrance are scheduled to be completed by the end of next year.
“Construction ends December 2020, or [MTA Construction Chief] Janno Lieber is not here,” Cuomo joked. “He is relocated to a state in the Midwest under the witness protection program. So December 2020 we are going to see a new reality.”
Penn serves roughly 650,000 daily commuters and the governor’s office anticipates the new entrance will serve tens of thousands of them.
The final concept differs from the three initial design proposals the governor had pitched when he announced the plans last September. The governor said the original designs were preliminary. During the concourse widening, there will be additional space created for commuters on the northern side, according to the governor’s office. The West End Concourse is expected to absorb additional foot traffic, too.
The MTA will commit $170 million to the project from its current capital program, with the rest of the funding coming from the state budget, according to Cuomo’s office.