MTA board member calls Penn Station a ‘pit’

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

(Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

NEW YORK CITY (PIX11) – Penn Station is a “pit” in comparison to its nearby counterpart Grand Central, an MTA board member said at the agency’s monthly meeting Wednesday.

The Daily News reports that Mitchell Pally had harsh words for the eastside terminal.

“It’s time for this board … to do something about Penn Station,” Pally said. “I was going to use the word disgrace, and that might be too kind.”

Pally bemoaned his agency’s plan to bring Metro-North Rail Road riders to Penn Station, saying he “pities” those commuters.

The MTA hired a construction firm in 2012 to draft a report on how to improve traffic through Penn Station, beautify the terminal and upgrade its dining and shopping options, the Daily News reports.

A spokesperson told the outlet that report is still in progress.