Today, Penn Station is a bustling transportation hub serving 600,000 commuters and visitors each day and is a vital connection point in the Northeast. The current Penn Station is a complex of interconnected facilities, including Amtrak, Long Island Rail Road, and New Jersey Transit, and is conveniently linked to the New York City subway system.
Efforts have been made to enhance the station's functionality and appearance. The recent renovation of the Moynihan Train Hall, located in the historic James A. Farley Post Office Building across the street from Penn Station, matched some of the grandeur of the original Penn Station. The Moynihan Train Hall features a soaring skylight, art installations, and a welcoming environment for travelers. In 2020, Facebook signed a massive office lease for 720,000 square feet, leasing all of the office space in the building.
Things are different at Penn Station, which remains a subterranean warren where people-moving takes precedence over aesthetics and functionality. Commuters continue to rush through, navigating a maze of tunnels and platforms in much the same way they would have 50 years ago. What many of them don't realize is that we're on the verge of a transformation.