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Moynihan Train Hall

A rendering of an aerial view of the Moynihan Train Hall
Project Type: 
Railroads
Sponsor / Borrower: 
Empire State Development Corporation (ESD)
Credit Agreement Status: 
Active
TIFIA Assistance: 
Project Cost Details: 

$1.85 billion in eligible project costs

Duration / Status: 

Construction is underway, with substantial completion expected by December 2020.

Fiscal Year Closed: 
FY2017
Project Description: 

The Moynihan Train Hall Project is part of the first stage of the widely-anticipated Gateway Program and aims to transform the James A. Farley Post Office Building into a modern, state of the art transportation facility.  It is expected to relieve congestion at Penn Station which is the busiest passenger transportation facility in the US with estimated volume of 650,000+ passengers per weekday.

The Project is being undertaken in two phases:

West End Concourse Improvement includes the construction of a) an expanded passenger concourse beneath the Farley Building including new vertical access points serving platform numbers three to eleven, b) an underground connection to the Eighth Avenue subway line, c) an underground connection to the existing Penn Station, and d) plazas at street level.  This phase of work is substantially complete and opened to the public on June 15, 2017.

Moynihan Train Hall includes a) creation of a new sky-lit train hall on the concourse level of the Farley Building, b) back of house support space for Amtrak and Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), the two “anchor” rail tenants, including ticketing, baggage areas and waiting areas, c) loading access for the rail tenants and for the United States Postal Service (USPS) who will continue to occupy space in the Farley Building, d) exterior restoration, and e) systems and infrastructure improvements.

Funding Sources: 
  • TIFIA Loan: $526.1 million
  • ESD Contribution: $475.3 million
  • Developer Payment: $230.0 million
  • Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Capital Contribution: $150.0 million
  • Amtrak Capital Contribution: $105.0 million
  • Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Capital Contribution: $54.9 million
  • Other: $77.06 million
Project Delivery / Contract Method: 

99-year lease to a private developer who construct the facility through a design-build subcontract.

Project Participants: 
Developer: The Related Companies L.P./Vornado Realty Trust (Joint Venture)
Design-Builder: Skanska USA
Architecture (original structure): McKim, Mead & White
Project Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)
Project Advisors / Consultants: 

To Empire State Development:

  • Financial Advisor - Ernst and Young, LLP
  • Legal Advisor (Financing) - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • Legal Advisor (Real Estate) - Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

To USDOT Build America Bureau:

  • Financial Advisor - Scully Capital Services, Inc.
  • Legal Advisor - Shearman & Sterling, LLP
  • Insurance Advisor - Moore McNeil, LLC
  • Real Estate Advisor - Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
Project Lender(s): 
USDOT Build America Bureau
TIFIA Credit Assistance Detail: 

Direct loan: $526.1 million. The TIFIA loan is secured by Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT), generated by the commercial development within the building.  The TIFIA loan also benefits from a debt service backstop from MTA until the commercial development reaches stabilization, and a mortgage over the Farley Building.

Financial Status: 
TIFIA credit agreement signed on July 21, 2017, and will mature no later than October 2055 or 35 years after substantial completion.
Project Contacts: 

Michael Evans – President, Moynihan Station Development Corporation

michael.evans@esd.ny.gov

(212) 564-6206

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