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Following his delivering billions for New York’s transportation systems as part of the American Rescue Plan he led to passage in the Senate, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer released the following statement regarding FTA’s approving MTA’s publication of the Environmental Assessment of the Penn Access Plan to establish new mass transit access in the South and East Bronx and Southern Westchester:

Senator Schumer said, “I have long supported the effort to expand transit access to the people of the East and South Bronx, as well as southern Westchester, by establishing new Metro North stops along the existing Amtrak line. I stood in Co-Op City with local leaders and called on Amtrak and Metro-North to come to the negotiating table and hammer out the framework for this urgently-needed project, and since then I have secured more than $14B in federal funding for the MTA to continue their capital projects in spite of the COVID pandemic drop in ridership. As New York continues to recover, we must prioritize projects like Penn Station Access that increase racial and socioeconomic equity in our transit system, and I will continue to use every opportunity as Senate Majority Leader to keep this train on the tracks.”