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Old 07-26-2012, 11:29 AM
 
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Union Station is in a class above the rest imo. It might not be the busiest or have the most stores but it is the most beautiful and elegant of them all.
The mall part is very beautiful, and I agree, but the train station part (in the back) is pretty generic. They're separately run portions of the same complex.
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Old 07-26-2012, 11:41 AM
 
Location: NYC/PHiLLY
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Some pics/vids of all would be nice, never been to Boston's or Dc's. From everyone else I like Grand Central better although Penn has more amenities and is bigger..Philly's is pretty neat it's also the busiest I've seen outside of NY (Again never been to Boston or DC's)..and Baltimore's...well its Baltimore so as you'd expect it leaves a lot to be desired.
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Old 07-26-2012, 12:15 PM
 
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Penn Station has to be ranked #1. It has more ridership than all these other rail terminals combined.

The total package (shopping, restaurants, design, ammenties etc.) after Union Station is expanded will make it way better than Penn Station. You might want to look at what Union Station will look like after expansion.


The New Union Station in Photos:
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Old 07-26-2012, 12:24 PM
 
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The total package (shopping, restaurants, design, ammenties etc.) after Union Station is expanded will make it way better than Penn Station. You might want to look at what Union Station will look like after expansion.


The New Union Station in Photos:
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Union Station will never be close to Penn Station. Get real.

There are currently 750,000 daily train passengers to Penn Station.

Union Station has something like 50,000 daily passengers.

And Penn Station has vast, vast expansion plans that dwarf anything in North America. The entire block of 8th to 9th Avenue between 29th & 30th streets will be demolished for the expanded Penn Station. And the first stage of the expansion, the Moynihan Station (now underway) is a billion-dollar project (and that's just the reuse of the old post office).

Then separately, there are plans for huge concourses west into Hudson Yards, and a new concourse is being planned heading north to Times Square.

Penn Station has four major rail agencies all planning expansions (Amtrak, Metro North, LIRR and NJ Transit). The Union Station agencies (MARC, VRE and Amtrak) do not have comparable traffic, and won't ever, short of a disaster-movie style event wiping NYC and environs off the map.
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Old 07-26-2012, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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You can't compare anything in the U.S. to Penn Station. That's probably the only place in America where you can stand outside between 7:00 and 9:00am on a weekday and see a never-ending river of people leaving a building.
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Old 07-26-2012, 12:36 PM
 
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You can't compare anything in the U.S. to Penn Station. That's probably the only place in America where you can stand outside between 7:00 and 9:00am on a weekday and see a never-ending river of people leaving a building.
Penn Station is supposedly the busiest rail station in the world outside of Tokyo.

It may not be pretty, but it is a massive beast. Visit at rush hour (or really any hour) and you'll see something unique to the U.S.
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Old 07-26-2012, 01:16 PM
 
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Union Station isn't close to the second busiest station in the country. That would be Grand Central. Union Station probably isn't in the Top 10.

I honestly have no idea what some people are smoking in this thread. Union Station probably doesn't have 10% of Grand Central's passenger traffic. I don't think they have close to Jamaica Station's or Newark Penn's traffic.

The entire MARC and VRE systems combined don't have the ridership of some individual commuter rail routes in the NYC area. Obviously the ridership volume is totally different.
Amtrak says that Union Station is the second busiest in the U.S. DC is the southern anchor of the N.E. corridor.

Amtrak to propose $7 billion overhaul at Union Station - The Washington Post
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Old 07-26-2012, 01:20 PM
 
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Union Station will never be close to Penn Station. Get real.

There are currently 750,000 daily train passengers to Penn Station.

Union Station has something like 50,000 daily passengers.

And Penn Station has vast, vast expansion plans that dwarf anything in North America. The entire block of 8th to 9th Avenue between 29th & 30th streets will be demolished for the expanded Penn Station. And the first stage of the expansion, the Moynihan Station (now underway) is a billion-dollar project (and that's just the reuse of the old post office).

Then separately, there are plans for huge concourses west into Hudson Yards, and a new concourse is being planned heading north to Times Square.

Penn Station has four major rail agencies all planning expansions (Amtrak, Metro North, LIRR and NJ Transit). The Union Station agencies (MARC, VRE and Amtrak) do not have comparable traffic, and won't ever, short of a disaster-movie style event wiping NYC and environs off the map.
Your information is wrong again! No one is saying that Penn Station isn't the busiest. But show the plans for Penn Station. I doubt that it is 7 billion.
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Old 07-26-2012, 01:50 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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Union Station's a good looking station. Penn Station is busy, but it isn't very exciting though the Moynihan Station development might make that somewhat better. 30th St Station is nice enough, but it doesn't seem all that grand and its immediate environs are blegh.
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Old 07-26-2012, 01:58 PM
 
Location: The City
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Union Station's a good looking station. Penn Station is busy, but it isn't very exciting though the Moynihan Station development might make that somewhat better. 30th St Station is nice enough, but it doesn't seem all that grand and its immediate environs are blegh.

Union is probably the most grand and prettiest.

Penn is bascially all underground and far and away the busiest.

Grand Central is more grand but no Amtrak, still extremely busy


30th Street is busy as both a Amtrak, Regional Rail hub and subway station, more people than does Union get but agree Union is far prettier
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