NJ Transit Executive Director Richard Sarles and Board Member Susan Hayes greeted rush-hour commuters August 31 at the grand opening of the new 31st Street entrance to the NJ Transit Concourse at New York Penn Station, a direct and spacious gateway between the concourse and street level.
The new entrance, located
at the corner of 7th Avenue and 31st Street, provides new
escalators, an elevator and stairs that will relieve underground congestion and
improve commuter traffic-flow for tens of thousands of NJ Transit customers as
they make their way to and from trains at the busiest rail terminal in North
Previously, NJ Transit
customers needed to use the shared Amtrak concourse entrancethe heavily
traveled entrance on 7th Avenue opposite 32nd Streetto
gain access to the NJ TRANSIT concourse, which opened in 2002.
NJ TRANSIT ridership to
and from Manhattan has quadrupled over the past few decades and is projected to
double again over the next 20 years. The new 31st Street entrance
will enhance the new Mass Transit Tunnel, a project that will create more and
improved rail service to meet the growing ridership demand and ensure that New
Jerseyans have easier, less stressful trips from start to finish.
More than 81,000 NJ
TRANSIT customers board trains at New York Penn Station each weekday, and make
more than 44 million train trips to and from New York Penn Station each year.
Designed as a gateway for
NJ TRANSIT customers to complement the concourse, the $19.2-million entrance
also will benefit Amtrak, Long Island Rail Road and New York City Subway
customers who share the massive midtown Manhattan rail hub by alleviating
crowding at other entrances and interior walkways.
The NJ TRANSIT entrance
features a barrel-vaulted ceiling and exposed trusses reminiscent of the
original Penn Station as well as modern train information displays, signage and