A new agreement could result in four new Metro-North Railroad stations that would connect the eastern Bronx to Penn Station on Manhattan’s west side.
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the agreement by Amtrak, Empire State Development and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
An MTA committee approved a $35 million contract for preliminary engineering and design on Tuesday. The full MTA board will consider the contract on Thursday. The Amtrak board also has to approve it.
The stations would be located in Co-op City, Morris Park, Parkchester and Hunts Point.
The Journal News says the west side service also could benefit Westchester commuters from New Rochelle, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Rye, Port Chester and Harrison.
Trains would cross a bridge from the Bronx into Queens, then use East River tunnels into Manhattan.