By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

ARTBA member firm Skanska and other private partners and public agencies on New Year’s Day opened the $1.6 billion Moynihan Train Hall, an annex to Manhattan’s Penn Station. It is in the former James A. Farley Post Office Building across Eighth Avenue from the main station and Madison Square Garden.

The hall will serve as a waiting room for Amtrak and Long Island Rail Road passengers.

“We thank the hundreds of craft workers that safely and diligently accomplished this project on time and on budget—even in the midst of a global pandemic,” John Sullivan, senior vice president of operations for Skanska USA Civil, said in a release.  “Infrastructure is vital to building a strong economy and we are proud to have had the opportunity to greatly improve access to and from the city for the people of New York.”

The project created more than 5,000 construction jobs and is estimated to generate an additional 11,000 indirect jobs, Skanska said. The firm has worked in and around the historic James A. Farley Post Office Building since 2012, starting with the $220 million Moynihan Station Phase 1 project.

Watch Amtrak’s 2-minute video “fly-through animation.”

ABOVE: A group of ARTBA members toured the project during the association’s national convention in September 2018. Rich Juliano photo.