TRANSPORTATION: LIGHT RAIL : COUNTRIES: UNITED STATES: CITIES: NEW YORK, NEW YORK: Metro-North Plans To Connect Penn Station And Grand Central

David P. Dillard
 

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TRANSPORTATION: LIGHT RAIL :

COUNTRIES: UNITED STATES: CITIES: NEW YORK, NEW YORK:

Metro-North Plans To Connect Penn Station And Grand Central

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Metro-North Plans To Connect Penn Station And Grand Central

Don Stacom

Hartford Courant

http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/ hc-new-haven-to-penn-station-0531-20160530-story.html

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NEW HAVEN Metro-North riders could be within six years of choosing to commute to Penn Station or Grand Central Terminal, a prospect that the railroad says will expand capacity and convenience.

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority plans $10 billion of construction to connect the country's two busiest commuter rail lines to both Manhattan stations.

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The work will be done primarily in Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx, but stands to have a big impact on Connecticut commuters. If all goes according to plan, it would let New Haven line riders with jobs on the West Side choose a Penn-bound Metro-North train, sparing the need for a daily cross-town walk or subway, bus or cab trip.

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New York state officials last week endorsed the project as part of the MTA's overall long-term capital plan, which MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast praised as showing that "public transport is the backbone and lifeline of the region's economy."

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U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal agreed the decision to go ahead with the East Side Access project could help Connecticut commuters, but stressed that it must be done in conjunction with the MTA's second major commuter train operation, the Long Island Rail Road

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"This is good news, but only if it's done right," said Blumenthal, who plans to talk with Prendergast this week. "Routing Metro-North into Penn Station would be welcome, but it has to be part of routing the LIRR into Grand Central."

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Currently, Metro-North can use only Grand Central, while the Long Island Rail Road can reach only Penn. That puts tens of thousands of commuters in the wrong part of the city every day, leaving them to either walk or take cabs, subways or buses to reach their jobs.

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Both stations are packed at rush hour, and the MTA says neither has the space to accommodate more trains for the steadily growing ridership on both railroads. Its plan is to build an entirely new level of platforms and tracks beneath the lowest floor of Grand Central, and route some of the LIRR's trains there.


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