Four new Metro-North train stations will open in the Bronx, providing residents and visitors with more access to Manhattan than ever before.
The project, which was announced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo earlier this month, is the result of a collaboration among the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Amtrak and Empire State Development.
The four new stations will be built in Hunts Point, Parkchester/Van Nest, Morris Park, and Co-op City. These new services will bring Metro-North trains running over the Hell Gate Bridge into Queens, where the trains will join Long Island Rail Road train routes, then continuing through the East River Tunnels to Penn Station. The new infrastructure plan will also include improvements to existing power, signal, communication systems and additional infrastructure developments.
"Too many residents of the Bronx have been without reliable transit, which is why I proposed these new stations," Governor Cuomo said. "With a reconstructed Moynihan Station currently underway, these four stations not only will connect the east Bronx to Manhattan's West Side, but also build upon our ongoing efforts to fully transform our state's transportation infrastructure."
Bringing Metro-North trains to Penn Station is expected to expand the labor pool for employers in the east Bronx and also provide commuting opportunities for Bronx residents to work in Westchester County and Connecticut.
Preliminary design work is being performed now, and a specific work schedule will be issued in the near future.