MTA to award design-build contract for Penn Station Access Project

WCN Editorial Team 16 Dec 2021 NORTH AMERICA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in the US state of New York has approved a design-build contract for the Penn Station Access Project.

The project is intended to provide direct metro-north service from Bronx, Westchester and Connecticut to Penn Station and Manhattan’s West Side.

The contract for the new project is planned to be awarded to Halmar International/RailWorks JV.
The Penn Station Access project, which is estimated to cost $2.87bn in total, is planned for completion in 2027.

It will involve four new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-accessible passenger rail stations in the East Bronx, and bridge rehabilitations.

MTA acting chair and CEO Janno Lieber said: “With four new ADA-accessible stations in Co-Op City, Morris Park, Parkchester/Van Nest and Hunts Point, Penn Station Access will deliver access to jobs, education and opportunity for those underserved neighborhoods, cutting commutes to the Manhattan Central Business District, but also introducing reverse commuting opportunities.”

Additionally, the project involves over 19 miles of new and rehabilitated track work, the reconfiguration of Metro-North's New Rochelle Yard, new and reconfigured interlockings, and the upgrading of signal, power and communication infrastructure.

The project would save up to around 50 minutes in each direction to Penn Station for East Bronx commuters, and up to 75 minutes in each direction to Connecticut.

Furthermore, current New Haven Line commuters with destinations on the west side are expected to save up to 40 minutes per day as the new project eliminates the travel from Grand Central.

MTA construction & development president Jamie Torres-Springer said: “The single design-build contract makes one entity responsible for all elements of the project under our management, putting this project on the path of the MTA’s LIRR Expansion Project, which has kept to budget and to schedule using a similar approach.”

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The New Haven Line is planned to use the Hell Gate Line into Queens prior to entering Penn Station. Credit: MTA Capital Construction Mega Projects/commons.wikimedia.org.

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