The plan to open four new East Bronx Metro-North stations in 2027 is chugging along, but there’s still time for the public to weigh in on the specifics.
The new stations will be located in Co-op City, Morris Park, Parkchester/Van Nest and Hunts Point with the goal of better supporting the needs of the area, which is more residential and has less transit options than other parts of the Bronx. At an online information session on Wednesday, Jan. 10, the Department of City Planning will update New Yorkers on the latest iteration of the project, developed with input from a series of previous public meetings and surveys from 2018 through 2023.
According to the DCP, the proposal would bring new housing, jobs and open space amenities to the area, and has bipartisan support from councilmembers.
Councilmember Kristy Marmorato said she’s looking forward to faster commutes into Manhattan.
“I think we took like an Uber down to the city and it took us over two hours to get down to Madison Square Garden, where now it would probably take about — a lot less than that,” she told Gothamist on Thursday.
Marmorato said the Metro-North will provide an alternative for drivers dealing with congestion pricing, and for those who might be reluctant to take the subway.
“People in my community … take the express bus down to Manhattan, which takes forever, and especially coming home with traffic, takes them over two hours,” she said.
Councilmember Amanda Farias also expressed support for the plan. In a column written for the Bronx Times in November, she described it as part of a “better transit future” for the community, along with the reimagining of the Cross Bronx and ADA compliance upgrades in Parkchester Train Station.
“While we all face commuting hurdles like lack of parking, congestion, accessibility or a need for a connected cycling network, these upcoming projects can begin to enhance our commutes with solutions,” Farais wrote in the column.
Attendees on Wednesday will have the opportunity to provide feedback as the proposal reaches the point of becoming certified to begin ULURP — Uniform Land Use Review Procedure — later this winter. At that point, a seven-month process that involves the community boards and borough president will begin, followed by votes at the City Planning Commission and the City Council.