The New Moynihan Train Hall
Today, Greg Lalevee, Chairman of the Engineers Labor-Employer Cooperative and Business Manager of IUOE Local 825, issued the following statement after Governor Cuomo’s Press Conference Discussing the New Moynihan Station:
“I’m pleased to see the much-needed progress New York has made in overhauling and upgrading a portion of the Penn Station complex. Coupled with essential repairs to Penn Station’s existing infrastructure, the new Moynihan Train Hall will help improve operations at the station, expand capacity, create good-paying jobs and generate economic activity for New Yorkers. This long-awaited train hall – two decades in the making – honors the legacy of Senator Moynihan, who first conceived of the idea and never got to see it come to fruition.
Let this be a first step in the essential overhaul of our region’s infrastructure systems, starting with our critical rail infrastructure. For too long, underinvestment and poor planning have wreaked havoc on the New York metro area’s rail systems, which carry millions of commuters and are vitally important for commerce, quality of life and travel in our region.
I urge Governor Cuomo and our elected officials to continue this investment by working to secure long-term, dedicated funding to repair, replace and improve Penn Station and other elements of our failing rail network. I’m heartened by today’s progress and I hope it represents a turning point in our commitment to our infrastructure systems; it’s about time New Yorkers had a 21st-century rail system they can be proud of.”