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Penn Station: 100 Years and Still Going Strong

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Published on Oct 4, 2010

It was just 100 years ago, September 8, 1910, that the first Long Island Rail Road trains departed from a grand structure dedicated to transportation—Pennsylvania Station—and traveled under the East River using four tunnels. Long Island celebrated. To mark the centennial of Penn Station and the East River tunnels, the LIRR has opened a special photo display in the 34th Street Entrance Corridor, one of the newest LIRR areas at Penn Station.

The exhibit includes photographs of the construction of Penn Station and the East River Tunnels along with depictions of various related documents. The exhibit is meant to remind the public about the vital role the LIRR plays in the region.

LIRR President Helena Williams said, "More than 100,000 of our customers use the East River Tunnels and Penn Station each work day to go to their jobs and visit New York City making it a major part of the busiest commuter network in North America. It's only right that we recognize the great achievement of those engineers, transportation experts and sandhogs that made today's Long Island Rail Road system possible. This anniversary and this photo exhibit remind us of our responsibility as a region to continue to invest in transportation infrastructure to protect what we have in our transit system and to pave the way for future improvements."

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