NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — During his State of the State address Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced plans to expand Metro-North Railroad to New York City’s Penn Station.
The move comes on the heels of recommendations made in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
The Penn Station Access Project calls for opening four new Metro-North stations in the Bronx, bypassing the Mott Haven Junction and the Harlem River Lift Bridge.
If a natural disaster disabled those two points, commuters could travel into and out of Manhattan via the new route. During Sandy, the Harlem River Lift Bridge was almost destroyed by fire.
The Metropolitan Transit Authority’s budget already includes $40.6 million for planning the project.
Cuomo said the state and the MTA will seek federal funding to expand the nation’s second-largest commuter railroad.
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