Metro-North Preps New Rochelle Rail Yard Expansion for Penn Access Project

Written By: Robert Cox

MTA will take a strip of property along the Northeast rail corridor from ShopRite, DeRaffele, Veolia, and Sammarco Stone

NEW ROCHELLE, NY (September 22, 2022) — Metro-North met recently with City Officials to discuss the commuter railroad’s plans to add tracks and buildings East of the New Rochelle train station through eminent domain.

The property includes the areas between the railroad tracks and the ShopRite of New Rochelle parking lot, the Nissan of New Rochelle car dealership, the DeRaffele Diner factory, the Veolia (Suez) Operations building, and Sammarco Stone. Property owners received notification letters several years ago.

The New Rochelle train yard will serve the “Penn Access” project, with an anticipated completion date of 2027. The total cost of the Penn Station Access project is projected at $2.87 billion.

New Rochelle will be the last stop for trains heading to the West Side of Manhattan on the New Haven Line.

“This expansion of the train yard would add 2-3 tracks south of the existing New Haven Line, east of River Street,” said a Metro-North spokesperson.

At its widest point, the train yard currently has 4-5 tracks with several outbuildings and small parking areas. The yard is primarily used now to house heavy equipment and supplies.

Penn Station Access Project: “Penn Station Access will provide Metro-North customers with service into and out of Penn Station by diverting certain New Haven Line trains via Amtrak’s Hell Gate Line. All Metro-North trains currently terminate at Grand Central Terminal, so the new connection to Penn Station will add redundancy and resiliency to the network. The project includes four new ADA-accessible passenger rail stations in the East Bronx, bridge rehabilitations, over 19 miles of new and rehabilitated track work, the reconfiguration of Metro-North’s New Rochelle Yard, new and reconfigured interlockings, and the modernization of signal, power, and communication infrastructure. It will bring Amtrak’s Hell Gate Line into a state of good repair and improve reliability and on-time performance for intercity passengers.

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