Ridgefielder wrote: ↑Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:22 amIt's not like Penn is not connected to the subways. The 7th Ave. 1-2-3 and the 8th Ave. A-C-E both have smoother access to Penn than the 4-5-6, S and 7 have to Grand Central.
That corridor from the 123 up to Amtrak can be interesting if time is tight and the place is busy. Heard recently east side access might be adding an additional subway entrance at GCT, but yes, for those lines you have a point.
It's just not connected to the BMT and the 6th Ave lines. And there are no trains serving Herald Square that you can't transfer to at either 42nd St./Times Square or West 4th Street.
That's big though. It's a long block to walk with luggage in a hurry (also used to be really nasty with idling tour busses fouling the air) but staying in system and transferring runs the risk of being delayed by delays, finding the train too packed, etc. And even if the train is right there when you get to the other platform, that transfer in times square is not trivial.
What they really need to do is re-open the Gimbels passage and keep it safe. Remember in my first months in NYC trying one rainy day to find the thing that logically had to exist without success. Only recently did I learn it actually does, but has been walled off since the 70's.