NEW YORK – This month marks the beginning of the 100th Anniversary of the construction of New York Penn Station.
On Oct. 18, Amtrak will celebrate the anniversary of this historic station. Beginning at 9:15 a.m., the public is invited to enjoy rare photo imagery, artifacts, and other items commemorating the station’s deep and rich history, including the vital role Amtrak plays in the history of passenger rail travel.
Representatives from Amtrak and its partners at New Jersey Transit, Long Island Railroad and renowned author Lorraine Diehl (“The Late, Great Pennsylvania Station”) will be on hand to reminisce about some of the station’s most memorable moments over the past 100 years.
“It’s appropriate that we recognize the great achievement of those that made were involved in the vast history of this grand station, which is serves as a vital link to rail travel along the Northeast Corridor,” said Joseph Boardman, President and CEO, Amtrak.. “This anniversary and this spectacular exhibit remind us of our responsibility as the nation’s only intercity passenger railroad to continue to invest in transportation infrastructure to protect what we have now and to pave the way for future improvement and growth.”
About 550,000 passengers pass through New York Penn Station each day, which makes it the busiest station in Amtrak’s system, and one of the busiest transportation hubs in the world. This terminal is also served by Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit trains, as well as Amtrak’s high-speed trains and other intercity services.
Together, these three agencies operate over 1,000 weekday trains at Penn Station.