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Penn Station Access

About Penn Station Access

The project will connect Penn Station to Metro-North's New Haven rail line, drastically cutting down on commute times to the Bronx, Westchester, and Connecticut. This extension will transform our regional transportation system by improving reliability, reducing travel time, and expanding mass transit options for everyone. 

As part of the project, we will build four new accessible stations in the East Bronx at Hunts Point, Morris Park, Co-op City, and Parkchester/Van Nest. We will also construct or rehabilitate 19 miles of track, upgrade substations, reconfigure the New Rochelle train yard, and modernize signal and communications technology, among other changes. 

The total cost of the Penn Station Access project is projected at $2.87 billion, with an anticipated completion date of 2027.

The project will include:

  • Four new ADA-accessible stations at Hunts Point, Morris Park, Co-op City, and Parkchester/Van Nest

  • 19 miles of new and rehabilitated track along Amtrak’s Hell Gate Line 

  • Four rehabilitated bridges 

  • Upgraded signal and communication systems 

  • Enhanced stormwater management 

  • Improved train yard at New Rochelle 

On December 29, 2021, the MTA Board awarded a third-party design-build contract for the project to Halmar International, LLC/RailWorks, J.V.

Read a letter from Sen. Chuck Schumer and other elected officials regarding this approval.

In September 2021, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for Penn Station Access. The FRA issued a FONSI on November 16, 2021, concluding the environmental review for the project.

MTA and Amtrak will together seek funding from a Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) grant program for the Northeast Corridor in the Biden Infrastructure Plan, once the FRA issues regulations. 

We are already taking action to minimize the impact of construction. From start to finish, we will emphasize community safety and quality of life. We are keeping close communication with the affected communities, we will monitor environmental performance while construction is underway. 

Penn Station Access

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Project Documents

September 2021: Finding of No Significant Impact

FTA issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on September 24, 2021. The FONSI was issued in accordance with the FTA and Federal Highway Administration Environmental Impact and Related Procedures (23 CFR Part 771) and the Council on Environmental Quality regulations implementing National Environmental Policy Act (40 CFR 1500).

The FRA issued a FONSI on November 16, 2021, concluding the environmental review for the project.

Previous Study Documents