Amtrak Board OKs Pact to Allow Metro North on NEC

An agreement between Amtrak and the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority to allow the latter to use a portion of the Northeast Corridor has won approval of the Amtrak board of directors.

That will allow Metro-North commuter rail services to Penn Station in New York City and an extension of Amtrak service to Long Island.

In a statement, Amtrak said the agreement allows MTA to design and build enhancements relating to the Penn Station Access project, which will give passengers on Metro-North New Haven Line (Northeast Corridor) direct service to the Bronx and the West Side of Manhattan. Trains will branch off the New Haven Line at New Rochelle, N.Y., traveling via the eastern Bronx, Queens, and Amtrak’s Hell Gate Bridge.

Metro-North trains will use the East River Tunnels and join Long Island Rail Road trains heading into Penn Station.

MTA plans to build four new stations in the eastern Bronx.

It will also fund necessary infrastructure work and share the future costs of operation, maintenance and recapitalization of the line.

Amtrak said it wants to link Long Island with points on its Northeast Corridor and beyond.

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