New York state officers have opted to renovate Penn Station with out evicting upstairs neighbor Madison Square Garden as a result of relocating it could delay the station enhancements “for a generation,” appearing MTA Chairman Janno Lieber mentioned Tuesday.
Testifying earlier than the state Assembly firms committee, Lieber insisted that making an attempt to relocate the 57-year-old house of the Knicks and Rangers would require years of negotiations at expense of public transit riders.
“Resolving that question is a guarantee that Penn Station won’t be fixed for, I think, another generation, I can’t say for sure, but certainly more than ten years,” Lieber instructed Assembly members.
Lieber mentioned there are too many “variables” concerned. “Where would Madison Square Garden move? How would it be funded?” he requested.
“We who are involved with trying to fix Penn are not in any way taking a position that that should or shouldn’t happen. Others will decide that,” he mentioned. “We cannot wait to fix Penn Station.”
“We can’t wait another generation,” Lieber mentioned. “New Yorkers are suffering in Penn Station right now, every day.”
The state and MTA’s plan to rehab the nation’s largest transit hub would reconstruct a lot of the station in place, leaving the identical primary basis that exists right this moment.
MTA paperwork revealed final week by Reinvent Albany pegged the price of relocating Madison Square Garden at $8.6 billion — together with $5 billion to search out the sector a brand new location, which officers mentioned can be essential to keep away from “lingering MSG complications.”