Local JV wins $2.7 billion Penn Station Access Project contract

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Two New York-headquartered firms, Halmar International and LLC/RailWorks has won a joint-venture design build contract for the $2.7 billion Penn Station Access Project.

The initiative will link Metro-North services from the Bronx, Westchester and Connecticut to Penn Station and Manhattan’s west side. It is expected to take 63 months and create 4,500 direct jobs.

A second Metro-North terminal in Manhattan will be built and the service will use Amtrak’s existing Hell Gate Line, limiting unnecessary construction work.

Four new stations will be built and the existing two-track railroad will be upgraded into a four-track section with 19 miles of rehabilitated track.

The project includes four new stations. The existing two-track railroad will be upgraded into a four-track section with 19 miles of rehabilitated track. As well, four bridges will be rehabilitated and Metro-North’s New Rochelle Yard will be reconfigured.

The project includes two upgraded and five new substations, and modernization of communication, power and signal infrastructure.

“Metro-North is coming to the east Bronx, and bringing faster commutes with it,” New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said in Dec. 22 statement. “This one project by itself is a big step forward for environmental justice, environmentally sustainable transportation, the Bronx economy and regional interconnectivity, and yet another example of our ongoing efforts to make sure that all New Yorkers have the modernized transportation systems they deserve.”

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