The proposed masterplan attempts to solve the pedestrian challenges created by the existing road network connecting the Lincoln Tunnel. It contemplates extending the Highline to the Times Square area, creating a new park similar to the scale of Bryant Park, as well as other public green spaces. From there it proposes a streamlined solution: to replacing MSG and the PABT, and improving and expanding Penn Station while allowing all existing facilities to stay fully functional until the new facilities are fully operational.
The First Phase looks at the block between 9th and 10th Avenues, and West 30th and 31st
Streets. Conveniently aligned with the portal to the Gateway Tunnel, this site will house the new Penn South Station and allow for New Jersey Transit to operate in its own space, permitting Long Island Railroad, and Amtrak to expand in the existing Penn/Moynihan complex and making room for future Metro North Trains. Above the station will be the new 270 bay PABT as well as office space for Amtrak and the Port Authority. The Lincoln Tunnel Expressway currently connecting the tunnel to this site will become a dedicated busway, streamlining traffic, and making the roads above more navigable for other vehicles. New pedestrian connections between the Proposed Penn South/PABT, Hudson Yards Manhattan West, and the Penn/Moynihan Complexes will be made as well.
The Second Phase encompasses the demolition of the existing PABT and the associated ramps connecting it to the Lincoln Tunnel, as well as creating a platform over West 40th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues.
The Third Phase includes clearing the three blocks located between 9th and 10th Avenues, and West 38th and 41st Streets, which was previously occupied by the PABT ramps, to be developed into a larger, more capable MSG with ancillary entertainment facilities. The added space will allow it to have a much higher capacity and more flexible functionality. The platform over West 40th Street will allow for a bi-level setup for delivery and access to the Arena. The old PABT can now be redeveloped.