In his State of the State address Tuesday, he touted the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Penn Station Access plan that would also create four new stations in the Bronx along what would be a spur of the New Haven Line. The stations would be at Co-Op City, Morris Park, Parkchester and Hunts Point.
Those stops would be built along the tracks Amtrak uses now; the areas are not along current Metro-North tracks.
Advocates have said it would offer badly needed transit options to the east Bronx.
It’s a plan the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has had in mind for a while.
It would come as an off-shoot of the East Side Access plan that includes creating another underground station below Grand Central Terminal where some Long Island Rail Road trains would run.
Cuomo’s comments about transportation were quickly hailed by the General Contractors Association of New York, which released this statement from managing director Denise Richardson:
“The General Contractors Association of New York applauds Governor Cuomo for recognizing in his State of the State address the importance of expanding our public transportation system and bringing our aging airports up to 21st century standards. We commend the Governor’s leadership on advancing projects that are critical to New Yorkers’ mobility and the economic development of New York State.”
Image shows slide from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address.