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Metro-North Bronx Expansion Project Stalled By Amtrak

December 21, 2018 - 2:59 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Metro-North has a plan to build four much-needed stations in the Bronx, but Amtrak forced the project to be put on hold.

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reports that the funding has already been set aside for the work, but construction was stalled before it even began.

Amtrak owns the rails Metro-North wants to use to connect service to the Bronx, but the railroad did not sign off on the deal.

Now, Bronx borough president Ruben Diaz, Jr. is calling on Amtrak to get on board and help expand public transportation in the area.

“Every time they're about to move forward, 'oh, but, we need something else,' or 'we need you to pay for this,' 'we need you to pay for that,’” Diaz said, frustrated by the lack of progress.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer is also on board, saying new train stations would boost property values.

“Whenever we can find ways to make it easier, more convenient for them, we raise the value of them coming to Westchester,” Latimer said of the project.

Amtrak has expressed concerns that the project may adversely impact its own expansion plans.