Gov Cuomo Supports New Metro-North Train Line Through Bronx

Wednesday, January 08, 2014 - 04:30 PM

(Photo courtesy of the office of Governor Andrew Cuomo./WNYC)

Governor Cuomo used his State of the State speech on Wednesday to express support for an MTA plan to send Metro-North trains through neighborhoods in the East Bronx.

"We will open a new spur for Metro-North railroad to provide more resiliency and direct access to Penn Station, which will also, at the same time, build four new stations to bring transit options to the Bronx," Cuomo said.

The new stations would be built in Hunts Point, Parkchester, Morris Park and Co-Op City. New Haven line trains would use an Amtrak rail line that runs through Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx. The MTA says the new line, which could be built by 2019, would carry thousands of Bronx commuters to and from Penn Station in 20 to 30 minutes.

The project's estimated cost is $1 billion dollars.

The MTA has extensively studied the idea of bringing commuter rail to the East Bronx. In October, officials held public information meetings in the four Bronx neighborhoods that would see new stations. (Bronx officials have backed the plan, calling it a job creator and long-needed link to Manhattan and Connecticut for a transit-starved area.)

A presentation from one of the public meetings shows that the plan depends on Metro-North becoming a major tenant of Penn Station. It assumes that platform space will be opening in 2019, when the MTA's East Side Access project is scheduled to be done, allowing Long Island Railroad trains to carry passengers to Grand Central Terminal. But railroad officials and elected representatives from Long Island have been wary about surrendering any of Penn Station's precious train slots.

Perhaps Governor Cuomo, with his endorsement of a Metro-North expansion, will prompt an agreement on the issue.


Comments [5]

IT from Rye, New York

The planned or proposed rail service can cause a headache in the crossing near New Rochelle, unless construction of an overpass is included in the plan. Even now, the existing level crossing between the Amtrak tracks and Metro North tracks is causing significant delays to New Haven Line trains.

Jan. 11 2014 06:22 PM
Tomoya Usagi from Far Rockaway, NY

I it's a good thing that the East Bronx is getting a new Rail link to the city, However those troublesome politicians on Long island want to keep those train slots for themselves they need to share those spoiled bastards & furthermore they are getting a newer Rail line to the East side of Manhattan I can't understand why they still want the old capacity Instead of New capacity. P.S.I've got nothing against Long islander's but grow the hell up & enjoy your new rail link & Terminal when it opens up, please let the East Bronx get this because they lag transportation options on the Eastern End of the borough & those I live in South Queens I travel to the Bronx often & any new Transit Link would do to make my journey a little faster. :p

Jan. 09 2014 12:49 PM
JOSEPH P.WALL from Pelham Bay, Bronx

I just don!t see this project happening at all. The reason is this:several months ago, and as a member of the Pelham Bay Taxpayers Civic Aasociation and out of sheer curousity, I traveled up to a meeting between Metro North and the residents of CO-OP City which was held at 177 Driser Loop. Toward the end of the meeting, the people of CO-OP City started demanding that parking spaces and all parking lots in CO-OP City somehow be turned over to the CO-OP City Metro North stop or, failing that Metro North Must build additional parking lots for the commuters that will be using the Metro North commuter line even though Metro North indicated that it would not build any parking lots for these commuter train stations at all. Thus, unless peoples moods and ideas have changed dramatically, I would call this situation at a impasse. You might as well go back and beat the Second Avenue dead horse and try once again to get the M.T.A to get the Second Avenue subway extended up to CO-OP City which I think the M.T.A has no intentions of doing at this time.P

Jan. 09 2014 10:16 AM

Wouldn't making penn a through station clear up spots?

Jan. 08 2014 10:53 PM

Those LI politicians have some nerve... They are getting East Side Access but don't want to give up spots at PENN?

Jan. 08 2014 08:18 PM

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