Gov. Hochul lays out new vision for Penn Station
Gov. Kathy Hochul unveiled a new vision for Penn Station and how it will impact Long Islanders who travel to the city.
Hochul says her plan puts commuters first. It includes adding more escalators and elevators, getting rid of the ceiling on the lower level, adding a new underground pedestrian concourse, doubling the number of entrances, and adding eight new acres of public space. She also wants to change the existing station into a single-level train hall.
"What's on the upper level that's so important that I can't blow it up and have sunlight come in?" says Hochul. "This day has been a long time coming, and I believe that we have the opportunity here to reimagine the entire future of Penn Station and the neighborhood."
The governor says the plan also includes changes to the outside of Penn Station and would revitalize the surrounding neighborhood.
Some Long Island commuters are skeptical, wondering how much this will impact the price of a train ride.
"That means the tickets are going to go up," says Dolores, of Hempstead.
Others say there are different items that should be fixed first.
Michael, from Great Neck, says before focusing on how Penn Station looks, there needs to be a plan to make it more efficient for commuters.
"I feel like they should add trains before they do all that," says Michael.
Gov. Hochul says the project would cost $6 to $7 billion and take four to five years to complete.