Penn Station Access

The MTA is currently advancing preliminary design and engineering for Penn Station Access, a project that will deliver fast, new public transportation options to an underserved area of the Bronx, and give communities in Westchester and Southeast Connecticut direct access to Manhattan’s growing West Midtown district. By utilizing and upgrading an existing track owned by Amtrak, the project optimizes the use of existing infrastructure – generating major economic benefits at comparably low cost.

The project includes the construction of four brand new, ADA-accessible Metro-North stations in the Bronx: Co-op City, Morris Park, Parkchester/Van Nest, and Hunts Point. These stations will provide fast commuter-rail access to Midtown and to Westchester/Connecticut for both residents and businesses of the East Bronx.

The Penn Station Access Project also includes important infrastructure upgrades including new and reconstructed interlockings, upgraded signaling systems, improved power infrastructure, and four rehabilitated bridges.

For more information, visit the new Penn Station Access website.

Project Benefits 

The Penn Station Access project will:  

  • Serve an estimated 30,000 daily riders.
  • Give residents of the East Bronx fast commuter-rail access to West Midtown, as well as Westchester and Southeast Connecticut.
  • Increase access to job hubs in the Bronx, Westchester and Connecticut from communities all along the corridor.
  • Knit back together the neighborhoods east and west of the Amtrak railroad tracks.

Project Status 

  • The MTA is working on federal environmental approvals (NEPA) ...  
  • The MTA is working with the FTA to advance the project within the New Starts Program with expectations of obtaining federal funding in 2021, which New York State has committed to matching.   
  • The project team has started survey work to map all underground utilities and document geological conditions. 
  • The MTA is evaluating and incorporating value engineering and other strategies to contain the cost of the project.  

For more information, visit the new Penn Station Access website