The federal government has given the green light to the MTA’s plan to build four new Metro-North train stations connected to Penn Station in the Bronx, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today.
The project, known as “Penn Station Access,” will be completed by 2025, Cuomo said at a press conference with the Bronx Pols. The federal government’s thumbs-up means officials can now conduct an environmental review of the plan, which has taken years.
“It happens. It’s happening and it’s happening now, ”Cuomo said. “The request for proposals is going out today, we are doing an environmental assessment, we will see the project next year, it will be completed in four years, 2025.”
“It will transform these communities,” he added.
The four new stations will be located along an existing Amtrak route in the eastern Bronx communities of Hunts Point, Parkchester, Morris Park and Co-Op City – connecting the busy New Haven Line to Penn Station.
Trains to New Haven currently enter and exit Grand Central on the east side of Manhattan and typically skip most local stops along the way.
The MTA plans to accept public comment on the plan for 45 days, the governor’s office said in a statement.
“The most profitable capital projects are those that extract more transit service from existing infrastructure, rather than always building something new from scratch,” said MTA’s chief construction officer. , Janno Lieber in a press release.
“By rebuilding this underused Amtrak rail line to accommodate the new Metro-North service, this project will give East Bronx residents better access to jobs, education and a full range of opportunities.
Additional reporting by Bernadette Hogan and Carl Campanile