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New York’s Moynihan Train Hall project gets additional TIFIA loan

New York’s Moynihan Train Hall project has received a $606.7 million direct loan under the federal Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act.

The refinancing will add up to $80.5 million to the $526.5 million TIFIA loan to the Empire State Development Corp. that closed in 2017, the U.S. Department of Transportation said Monday. The additional loan capacity will ensure completion of security and passenger safety initiatives.

Terms of the loan were not disclosed.

The Moynihan Train Hall at Ndew York’s Penn Station opened Jan. 1, 2021.

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U.S. DOT provides TIFIA and other infrastructure financing through its Build America Bureau to help reduce project costs.

“The bureau is pleased to support the Moynihan Train Hall project by refinancing the original loan to take advantage of lower interest rates and increase the total loan,” said Build America Bureau executive director Morteza Farajian.

The project uses underground access to connect the Moynihan Train Hall inside Manhattan’s Farley Building to Penn Station. The hall opened Jan. 1, 2021.

The hall, named after the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, is now the arrivals-departures hall for all Amtrak passengers in New York City. It also provides ticketing and other facilities for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Long Island Rail Road service.

To date, the bureau has provided more than $36.2 billion in financing through the TIFIA credit program.

The overall Penn Station project — formally the Empire Station Complex — is a work in progress that Gov. Kathy Hochul inherited from predecessor Andrew Cuomo after his resignation in August.

Hochul recently said that the rebuilding of the existing overcrowded station underneath Madison Square Garden would take priority over the office-tower component. She said the overall would cost around $7 billion and take up to five years.

The Empire Station Coalition, which consists of 12 civic organizations, opposes the razing of “historic and architecturally significant” buildings near the station, including the Hotel Pennsylvania.

The coalition, along with ReThinkNYC, has proposed an alternate plan that would rebuild the original Penn Station — razed in the 1960s for the construction of the Garden — while preserving the buildings.

It also looks to convert Penn to a through-running station for commuter trains.

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