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Penn Station Access Project Moves Forward

January 22, 2019 - 4:01 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) -- A new agreement could result in four new Metro-North Railroad stations that would connect the eastern Bronx to Penn Station.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the agreement by Amtrak, Empire State Development and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority that would allow Metro-North to use Amtrak lines to increase its service.

An MTA committee approved a $35 million contract for preliminary engineering and design on Tuesday. The full MTA board will consider the contract on Thursday. The Amtrak board also has to approve it.
The stations would be located in Co-op City, Morris Park, Parkchester and Hunts Point.

"I'm to the moon. This is a great victory for the people of the Bronx," Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. said, adding that this will jump start the economy in the area. "We are looking forward to not only the construction jobs that would men and women to work, but also those that would be created because of the robust local economy."

Diaz said commute times for some people will also be slashed dramatically.

"They'll cut that time so they could have quality time with their loved ones," he said.
The Journal News says the west side service also could benefit Westchester commuters from New Rochelle, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Rye, Port Chester and Harrison.

"For Westchester residents on the eastern side of Westchester County they now will have an alternative to commute into Penn Station, as well as Grand Central Station, which of course is a great plus," said Westchester County Executive George Latimer. 

Trains would cross a bridge from the Bronx into Queens then use East River tunnels into Manhattan.

Service to Penn Station could start as soon as 2022.

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