It is all a far cry from previous generations, when buildings of historical significance like the original Penn Station in New York City were razed to make way for new developments. Across the street from New York’s Penn Station, a former post office and mail sorting facility is getting a new lease on life as a station for Amtrak and commuter rail services. U.S. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, D-NY, first suggested more than 20 years ago that portions of the James A. Farley Post Office be converted into a 21st century train station, with space to have Amtrak and Long Island Rail Road trains come in to a new waiting area for passengers. The $3 billion redevelopment of Penn Station, of which Moynihan Hall is a part, was launched in 2016 and has been spearheaded by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The station gained a certain notoriety in a city filled with abandoned buildings, as it was vandalized repeatedly and guarded by state security. There are big plans afoot for Diridon Station and the surrounding area in San Jose, CA, from the city, transit agencies and Google. “In the years ahead, several major transportation investments – including BART, High Speed Rail, Bus Rapid Transit, and an electrified Cal Train, along with existing lines that include Capitol Corridor, ACE, Amtrak, and VTA Light Rail – will converge at Diridon Station, bringing an expected eight-fold increase in daily commuters, and an opportunity to transform Downtown San Jose,” the Silicon Valley Organization wrote on a webpage about the project.
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