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Letter: Penn Station upgrade requires a comprehensive plan

LIRR commuters at Penn Station on Aug. 1.

LIRR commuters at Penn Station on Aug. 1. Credit: Jeff Bachner

The Oct. 11 editorial “Puzzles galore at Penn Station” is clear that security and safety are major concerns at Penn.

We could not agree more. Safety is our No. 1 priority, which is why our coalition is calling for a fix that would improve passenger flow, making it easier for people to get out of Penn in emergencies — as well as getting in more smoothly just to catch trains.

We cannot allow our elected officials to continue to claim political victories for incremental fixes, like widening one concourse, without addressing the fact that the rest of the station remains a maze.

Our campaign has a clear message: Anything short of a comprehensive master plan for Penn Station and the surrounding community is woefully inadequate.

There is a narrow period to start planning over the next year to start the planning process to ensure that we can take advantage of the temporary drop in ridership at Penn Station once East Side Access to Grand Central Terminal and Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station are operational.

There’s never been a better moment to act. We must demand a real solution. Learn more about our campaign at

Dani Simons,Manhattan

Editor’s note: The writer is campaign manager, Public for Penn Station, a coalition of organizations advocating for improvements.