Prime Contractor: AECOM
Client: MTA Long Island Railroad Amtrak and NJ TRANSIT
Date: December 2014
Location: New York, NY

• MTA Long Island Rail Road, with participation from Amtrak and NJ
TRANSIT, initiated a study to identify options for comprehensive
improvements to the passenger concourse levels of New York’s Penn
Station. The AECOM/Cushman & Wakefield team was selected to
envision alternatives that improve passenger circulation, functionality,
customer amenities and convenience.

• Provide a design vision for the future with achievable short-,
intermediate- and long-term considerations of optimal station-wide
configuration, including commuter circulation, lighting, and

• The team conducted passenger surveys and market analysis as well
as provided design input from the real estate perspective. Dr. Warren
contributed a set of recommended alternatives for reconfiguring office
and retail space within the station, activating underutilized concourse
areas, and unifying lighting, signage, and wayfinding throughout the
• The team created a detailed financial model comparing market rents
at ground level to lease rates in the station. The team recommended
specific designs to raise achievable rents and finance improvements.

• The team delivered a long-range plan for station redevelopment with
achievable interim stages. The MTA, NJ TRANSIT, and Amtrak have
attained new levels of cooperation in seeking renovation and
redesign of Penn Station.

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