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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  1. VY says:

    It was always in the plans to add Metro North service into Penn Station from the New Haven Line via the Amtrak Route.
    The LIRR will drop abount one third of their Penn Station service and add double that many trains into the new connection to Grand Central.
    That means the LIRR will go from approximately 30 trains an hour in the morning rush into Penn Station, to 20 trains an hour to Penn Station and 20 trains an hour into Grans Central.
    That will be a 33.3% increase in service into Manhattan for tghe LIRR, going from 30 trains an hour into Penn Station only, to 40 trains an hour split between Penn Station and Grand Central.
    The 10 LIRR trains per hour vacated at Penn Station will be used mostly by Metro North New Haven trains and (with equipment modifications) Metro North Hudson line trains.
    The net will be increased options for all LIRR commuters and 2/3’s of Metro North commuters.
    The eastside project has just taken too long, and cost too much, because the LIRR connection “should” have been built using 8 tracks and 4 platforms of the lower level of the existing Grand Central.
    The next BIG mistake in NY transportation infrustructure is not completing the 11th Ave. and 41st street station along the #7 extension to 11th Ave. and 34th Sreet. The growth in new realestate construction on the far westside will slowed greatly by this mistake, and cost twice as much to complete later.

  2. Waste of 20 billion says:

    how about a train upper U.S.?

  3. Jairo says:

    Co-op City DEFINITELY needs a train stop. The current trek of taking a bus to Pelham Bay Park or Gun Hill Road followed by a train is way too long. A single-ride seat would be awesome.

  4. Gary says:

    it would be great to take a train from co-op city in the Bronx to westchester county. I think it would rejuvenize the area. Trains will always be here and we need to make that work better

  5. rikki says:

    Well wouldn’t a 24 hours shuttle to penn station be more effective?

    And who would complain? The cabbies?

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