Penn Station is not pretty. In fact, “dingy” is probably the best compliment one could muster up for it. It shouldn’t be a big deal–train stations other than Grand Central just aren’t very pretty–but Penn Station is a special case considering that it used to look like this. However, things may improve for those who frequently catch trains in Madison Square Garden’s basement. The MTA has contracted construction firm Aecom “to produce a report on ways to optimize the flow of commuter traffic through the station, as well as improve its overall appearance and commercial amenities.” Don’t expect improvements any time soon–the report won’t be completed until the end of the year, and money as always, remains a problem. Regardless, any improvements would be welcome while we wait and see how this whole Moynihan Station thing plays out. At the very least, people should walk out into a station that makes them feel good about leaving Jersey.

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