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Walking past the construction site Monday, I saw that a door was open, allowing me to see and photograph (with cell phone camera) the empty space where a staircase once was, and where an additional escalator will hopefully soon be.
Then, that evening, I saw an escalator being delivered to Penn Station. As you can see in the photo above, not only is the old staircase gone, but the old escalator is gone too. So I’m not sure if this delivery is of a new escalator, or maybe of the old, but possibly refurbished, escalator. In any event, hopefully this moves the project along. I’m getting tired of wincing every time I see people struggling to carry large suitcases down the stairs (when there are clear signs pointing to other entrances with escalators).
At the Eighth Avenue / 31st Street entrance to Amtrak’s concourse at Penn Station, there exists two staircases and a single escalator. The escalator usually runs up in the AM rush (until 10 AM) and runs down at all other times. Though sometimes it runs in the wrong direction for the time period.
Well, that problem now seems to have a solution – one of the staircases and the single escalator are both behind a construction wall, with signage indicating that two new escalators are being constructed. So it seems that at completion, there will be full time up and down escalators at this entrance, and one staircase. If Amtrak can keep these new escalators in running condition, then this should be a welcome improvement to this entrance.