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MTA Could Bring Metro North Trains To Penn Station

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Crowds at Penn Station (credit: Marla Diamond, WCBS 880)

Crowds at Penn Station (credit: Marla Diamond, WCBS 880)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)Metro-North trains may stop at Penn Station, courtesy of a multibillion-dollar project to connect the Long Island Rail Road to Grand Central Terminal by 2016.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority thinks its $7 billion project to allow LIRR trains to Grand Central will free up enough track space to allow Metro-North trains south of Grand Central Station.

LISTEN: WCBS 880′s Alex Silverman reports

The MTA is investigating whether the railroad could use Amtrak tracks on existing tracks, and possibly add up to four new stations in the Bronx on a line now used by Amtrak.

Borough President Spokesman John Desio confirmed to CBS 2 that the MTA would also build four new stations on the Metro-North line through the Bronx.

However, as WCBS 880′s Alex Silverman reports, there won’t be an estimate for the project until an environmental study is completed in two years.

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