Cuomo suggested that riders should get a discount for having to adjust their commutes. The idea is that Amtrak would then reimburse the MTA for those discounts.
The track work will result in copious delays, cancellations and diversions for Amtrak, LIRR, and NJ Transit riders, and though initially the MTA said LIRR riders would not get a fare reduction-unlike some NJ Transit riders, who are expected to see up to a 63 percent decrease in fares-today Governor Cuomo asked the MTA to offer discounted fares to LIRR riders whose trains will terminate at Atlantic Terminal or Hunterspoint instead of at Penn Station. “That’s only fair to the people who are taking those trains”.
“I think the federal government should support both agencies to provide these discounts, pay for augmented services and pay for the repairs”, said board member Veronica Vanderpool.
Governor Cuomo made the call for reduced fares while marking the opening of the West End Concourse at Farley.
Hakim’s statement did not elaborate on what “fairly compensated” means.
Andrew Cuomo late last week announced the closing of a financial arrangement that sets the stage for construction to begin on the $1.2 billion redevelopment of the Farley Post Office into a train hall connected to Penn Station in New York City.
Other upgrades will include a redesign of the LIRR’s 33rd Street concourse, renovations to the existing Seventh and Eighth Avenue subway stations, and tripling the width of the 33rd Street Corridor, one of Penn Station’s busiest walkways spanning the station’s lower level from 7th to 8th Avenue. “The expanded West End Concourse will take tremendous pressure off of the overcrowded Penn Station complex, and attract visitors and community residents to the food, shopping and grandeur of the entire complex”.
The project’s centerpiece will be the conversion of the century-old building’s mail sorting room into the 255,000-square-foot Moynihan Train Hall.
Scheduled to be complete by the end of 2020, the train hall is named for the late U.S. Sen. The transportation hub, the busiest train station in the country, has been the target of much ire and disdain ever since its Beaux-Arts predecessor, designed by McKim, Mead & White, was demolished in 1963, forcing the station to retreat into the dark, cramped passageways below Madison Square Garden.