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Old Posted Oct 24, 2011, 12:23 PM
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Yes, Moynihan has gone through a variety of designs, none of them built. The transit hall itself has been pretty consistent though.

Herald News: Keep PA out of Moynihan Station

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Moynihan envisioned creating a new, sweeping concourse across the street in the Farley Post Office, which was a companion structure to the original Penn Station. This new station would be a more appropriate gateway to New York than the current Penn Station. We agree with that in theory. But let's face facts. The big push is for a foyer, a gateway, nothing more. In case elected and appointed officials on both sides of the Hudson River have missed the news flash: The golden age of railroading is long gone.

What we hoped was also long gone was the Port Authority's assumption of projects that have nothing to do with its core mission. Right now, commuters are eating a substantial toll hike on the George Washington Bridge.

Memo to Governor Christie: Tell Cuomo, Port Authority Chairman David Samson (your appointee) and Foye to get the hell out of a rail station that serves Amtrak, NJ Transit and the Long Island Rail Road. If New York wants a foyer, let them find the money elsewhere. Perhaps even private money.


Editorial: Full plate at the Port Authority

October 21, 2011

As distinguished as his accomplishments are, Patrick Foye, chosen by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo last week to run the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, has never undertaken a challenge like this. Few people have.

But the Port Authority brings with it an entirely different level of responsibility. It's massive in both size and scope, ranging through two states and combining five airports, two tunnels, four bridges, the PATH transit system, 10 real estate developments, a large maritime shipping operation and a police force. The Port Authority Foye oversees will be broader than the one his predecessor, Chris Ward, is leaving, because Cuomo also announced the agency will take over the Moynihan train station project, near Penn Station, and the Lower Manhattan Development Corp.

Putting these under the auspices of the Port Authority makes sense. The conversion of the Farley Post Office into Moynihan Station to provide new access to the trains underneath is essentially a construction challenge, and building is what the authority does best.
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