On December 11th, a public workshop was held at Montefiore Einstein, within a block of the proposed station area. Just as with the Parkchester/Van Nest public workshop, the interactive, self-paced event was an important opportunity for the community to join city agencies to plan around future Metro-North service by sharing local expertise, conversing with neighbors and city agencies, and contributing ideas to improving the area, plan for the station area, consider what the service means for jobs, health, housing, youth and more. The event was very well attended by a diverse cross-section of residents and many of the thousands employed at the Montefiore Einstein, Jacobi, Hutch Metro Center, and other institutional campuses. View a summary of the Morris Park public workshop.
Metro-North service is coming to the east Bronx following the completion of the Penn Station Access project and related work. Four new Metro-North stations will be located at Hunts Point, Parkchester/Van Nest, Morris Park, and Co-Op City. Thoughtful, holistic planning around each of the stations is critical to ensuring these stations are integrated into the fabric of the neighborhoods they will serve and will mean the difference between merely establishing new service and ensuring the service is a transformative and positive force in the lives of Bronx residents and their economy.
The Bronx Metro-North Study (BMNS) will look closely at each of the station areas to ensure maximum benefits accrue to the borough as a result of this unprecedented investment in transportation infrastructure and new service. BMNS will lead to short-term and long-term recommendations and improvements around the proposed stations, including safety and access improvements such as crosswalks, sidewalks, and wayfinding elements; better coordination with existing and planned subway and bus service. BMNS will also evaluate land uses and economic development opportunities at Morris Park and Parkchester/Van Nest.
Close coordination among the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), the Department of City Planning (DCP), the NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC), and the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) —together with the Bronx Borough President’s Office and other key city agencies and stakeholders — will be critical to ensuring the stations are thoughtfully integrated into the fabric of the neighborhoods they will serve.
For an overview of the study, study background and information, and station area overview, please visit our brochure page.
In 2017, New York State committed nearly $695 million in its 2015–2019 capital budget to make the new stations and new Metro-North transit service in the East Bronx.
To prepare for these new stations, in 2014, after a three-year planning process, the Department of City Planning released a milestone report -- Sustainable Communities in the Bronx -- on regional rail and transit connections in the borough. That report included recommendations on numerous improvements to existing Metro-North stations throughout the Bronx. Work around those existing stations continues and promises improvements to the commuting experience of Bronx residents, providing a comfortable, fast, and convenient connection to major job and cultural centers not currently available to Bronx residents.
In addition to improvements around existing stations, the report also identified the need for greater planning around four stations planned for the East Bronx: Co-Op City, Morris Park Ave, Parkchester/Van Nest, and Hunts Point. BMNS will act as the next phase of the Sustainable Communities study.
Distributed along the existing Northeast Corridor rail line — which today also carries Amtrak trains and freight— the stations will be located at Co-Op City, Morris Park, Parkchester/Van Nest, and Hunts Point. The planning work help ensure that the stations themselves are as integrated into the surrounding neighborhood fabric as possible.
BMNS will look at transportation issues around all four stations, including:
For Parkchester/Van Nest and Morris Park, BMNS will also look more deeply at land use and economic development issues, to include:
Over the course of 2018-19, the Department of City Planning, the NYC Economic Development Corporation, and the NYC Department of Transportation, in partnership with the MTA, will embark on a comprehensive study of the Morris Park, Parkchester/Van Nest, Hunts Point and Co-Op City station areas. DCP, EDC, DOT. The study team will be co-chaired by the Bronx Borough President and will convene a Working Group to oversee the study, create a driving vision, guide public outreach, help convene area stakeholders and residents, and shape priorities and recommendations for each station-area. Public planning events will be offered around each station to ensure local input into station-area plans
For questions related to the Bronx Metro-North Station Area Study, or to join the study mailing list to keep apprised of public events and communications, please email BMNS@planning.nyc.gov or call (718) 220-8500.