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MTA could bring Metro North trains to Penn Station

MTA's stewardship

MTA's stewardship Credit: Craig Ruttle

A multibillion-dollar project to connect the Long Island Rail Road to Grand Central Terminal may have a nice side effect for people in New York City's northern suburbs.

It might also make it possible for Metro-North trains to run directly into Penn Station.

The New York Post reports that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority thinks its $7 billion project to allow LIRR trains to Grand Central will free up a lot of track space at Penn Station — maybe even enough so that Metro-North trains will finally be able to stop there too.

The newspaper says the MTA is now studying whether it could bring in Metro-North trains on existing tracks, and possibly add up to four new stations in the Bronx on a line now used by Amtrak.

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