Construction on the East End Gateway in Penn Station has advanced significantly, as the passageway in the former Duane Reade space between the 34th Street entrance and the LIRR main concourse opened, providing increased pedestrian flow and track accessibility.
Ticketing machines were installed in the space to allow travelers to conveniently purchase LIRR tickets and to help decrease crowding in the temporary ticketing office and main concourse areas. The new area has also made it more efficient for passengers to exit at 34th Street or to transfer to the 1-2-3 Subway lines.
The barriers which occupied the former Duane Reade space have been replaced by freshly painted walls and an illuminated walkway. During construction, barriers are necessary to protect travelers from various work zone hazards. Passengers can soon expect to see a new center barrier at the future site of the East End Gateway entrance on 33rd Street and 7th Avenue.
The overall Penn Station redevelopment master plan continues to move forward and will fully transform the LIRR Concourse into a modern, world-class transportation hub. For more information and construction photos, please visit the East End Gateway and LIRR Concourse project page on AModernLI.com.