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    Penn Station Access Facts

    Penn Station Access will create a new Metro-North Railroad link directly into Penn Station, providing critical system resiliency to protect service for for almost 285,000 daily customers. The project will build four new Metro-North stations in the Bronx. This additional service will:

    • Substantially reduce travel times to and from Manhattan’s West Side
    • Introduce convenient, direct rail service to communities underserved by mass transit
    • Support economic development in the East Bronx
    • Improve mobility and regional connectivity

    A Transformative Project

    The Penn Station Access project will deliver modern, new transportation options to an underserved area of the Bronx, linking communities across the region with improved access to jobs and services. The project relies on smartly reconfiguring and upgrading elements of existing transportation infrastructure to minimize the amount of new buildout, streamlining investment and limiting impacts on surrounding communities.

    The project will create four new, modern, ADA-accessible Metro-North Railroad stations in the Bronx. The result will be a one-seat train ride to and from Penn Station in Manhattan and the East Bronx for the first time, and access to Westchester and Connecticut via Metro-North’s New Haven line. When completed, the new service will generate an economic boost and provide enhanced access to major medical and educational facilities located near a new Morris Park station, as well as to financial and job centers in Westchester and Connecticut.

    Penn Station Access will provide:

    • A direct one-seat ride into Penn Station for Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven Line riders
    • Four new ADA-accessible Metro-North stations in the Eastern Bronx – at Hunts Point, Parkchester/Van Nest, Morris Park and Co-op City

    The Route

    Penn Station Access Map
    • Trains heading to Penn Station will leave the New Haven Line just west of New Rochelle and travel through the Eastern Bronx and Queens via Amtrak’s Hell Gate Line. The trains will continue through the existing East River Tunnels, joining Long Island Rail Road trains heading into Penn Station.

    Timeframe

    • Metro-North service to Penn Station will begin after completion of the East River Tunnel rehabilitation and the MTA's East Side Access Project, which will provide direct LIRR service to Grand Central Terminal, making slots available at Penn Station for Metro-North trains.

    Infrastructure

    • 15 mile-long project within the existing Amtrak right-of-way including four new stations and six miles of new rail upgrades.
    • Project alignment will stretch from southeastern Westchester County – where New Haven Line trains will divert onto Amtrak’s Hell Gate Line at Shell Interlocking – extending to the Harold Interlocking in Queens to join the Long Island Rail Road mainline.
    • Linked to Metro North main line via three new – and one reconstructed – interlockings.
    • Major infrastructure elements include upgraded signaling systems, traction power, catenary system, third rail and power substations.
    • Four bridges will be rehabilitated as part of the project.

    Project Update

    • Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced in January 2019 that an agreement was reached among the MTA, Amtrak and Empire State Development that will allow this transformative project to move forward.
    • The General Engineering contract was awarded to HNTB New York Engineering & Architecture, P.C. in February 2019, enabling this project team to begin preliminary engineering and design work.
    • The federal environmental review process is under way and the draft Environmental Assessment will be made available for public comment in the first quarter of 2020.
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