It’s the station’s busiest entrance and soon it will be more accessible for all commuters.

Amtrak has started work on an accessibility improvement project to the 7th Avenue and 32nd Street entrance at New York Penn Station, taking advantage of adjacent private investments to improve the customer experience in this critical station entrance. The project will add an elevator to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance and ease the path of travel for passengers who have wheeled luggage, strollers, and other heavy items. Work is also being done to widen this entrance and replace the stairs and the two existing escalators with three transit-grade escalators. Renderings of the new entranceway can be via the Amtrak Media Center.

Rendering of new entrance. Source: Redvertex

“New York Penn Station is the front door to New York City, and by making the entrance more modern and accessible, customers can feel confident knowing Amtrak is rolling out the welcome mat,” said Amtrak Vice President of Stations, Facilities, Properties and Accessibility Dr. David Handera. “The work on the 7th Avenue and 32nd Street Entrance reflects Amtrak’s commitment to accessibility for all, the customer experience, and continuous improvement at the station.”

This new entrance design is only possible because of a public-private partnership with Vornado Realty Trust who is building a the new skylit canopy above the entrance and integrating it with a renovated 7th Avenue Plaza and Penn 2 office building expansion above. Work is expected to take place over the next 18 months.

Travelers wishing to access the station from the 7th Avenue side during this construction period have access via the escalators and elevator at the NJ TRANSIT entrance on 31st Street and 7th Avenue.