Amtrak selected AECOM, in partnership with Network Rail, to conduct an independent review of the interaction, coordination and collaboration between the railroads' various passenger concourses within Penn Station.
The partnership will also provide recommendations to improve the design, functionality, communications, and coordination at this critical station.
"New York Penn Station is the busiest rail hub in the country, and Amtrak is dedicated to making improvements to the railroad and the station that will improve the passenger experience," said Amtrak co-CEO Wick Moorman. "We have made significant progress in renewing rail infrastructure at Penn Station and are now taking steps to improve the passenger areas. We have assembled a top-notch team of national and international experts to work with the railroads on delivering solutions that will greatly improve the passenger experience at New York Penn Station."
Amtrak is the owner of Penn Station and, per agreements with Amtrak, the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and New Jersey Transit (NJ Transit) individually manage their respective passenger concourses within the station. AECOM and Network Rail will review these relationships and develop recommendations on how the three railroads can work better together. Amtrak has convened a working group of Amtrak, LIRR and NJ Transit professionals to support the study.
The AECOM-Network Rail team will review management of daily operations within the three station concourses, including during service disruptions, as well as look for opportunities to strengthen coordination between all parties to improve the passenger experience, safety and security. Using their analysis of Penn Station, as well as knowledge of national and international best practices at rail stations and airports, the consultants will develop recommendations for a unified three-railroad concourse operations center.
The consultants will also provide an overall plan for improvements to Penn Station's passenger concourses that will include guidance on operations and maintenance partnerships as well as guidance on Amtrak's planned redevelopment of Penn Station in partnership with the private sector.
AECOM and Network Rail will begin this work immediately; recommendations are expected in early 2018, after which Amtrak, NJ Transit and LIRR will determine next steps for implementation. Amtrak will guide this effort in coordination with LIRR and NJ Transit.