MTA Plan To Link East Bronx Gains Momentum

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority may follow through with the idea to bring the Metro-North rail line to the East Bronx.  Borough President Ruben Diaz told NY Daily News that he was excited about the possible project, and he believes that the easier transportation would be an important component for economic development in the Bronx.

When the ongoing East Side Access project is completed, train tracks in Penn Station would be left open for an alternate use.  Metro-North is currently conducting a study to see the effects of linking four new stops in the East Bronx to Penn Station.  MTA spokesman said the Federal Environmental Assessment should be completed by 2013, so the project could not start until 2016.

Charles Moerdler, a MTA board member, says funding shouldn’t be an issue.  With the East Side Access project costing $7 billion and the No. 7 extension costing $2 billion, the East Bronx project seems far more achievable.  The total cost is estimated at  less than $400 million, so $200 million would need to come from New York and $100 million from Connecticut.  The states have not committed to funding the project yet, but Moerdler still claims, “I have four and a half years left on my turn.  It will happen before I leave.  I’m going to move heaven and earth to get it done.”


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