Statement from Borough President Diaz
RE: MTA Capital Plan/East Bronx Metro North Expansion
"Today's announcement represents a great day for public transportation in The Bronx, across the city and throughout the region. Our transit system is the backbone of our economy, and a fully-funded MTA capital plan is critical to not only the continued maintenance of our transit system but to the development of new infrastructure improvements, as well. Governor Cuomo's leadership has brought us the largest investment in MTA infrastructure in our state's history, and Mayor de Blasio has expanded the city's contribution to new levels. They are both to be commended for their efforts.
"Most importantly for my borough, this capital plan funds the long awaited, much anticipated East Bronx Metro North expansion. The establishment of new commuter stations in Co-op City, Morris Park, Parkchester/Van Nest and Hunts Point will not only offer residents of these communities a new transportation option, it will open the East Bronx corridor to new residential and commercial development opportunities, and is the most significant infrastructure improvement our borough has seen in decades.
“This expansion has been a top priority of mine since the day I became borough president, and Governor Cuomo's strong support for this project never wavered. The 1.4 million people of our borough, and the millions of people who will call our borough home in the future, owe the governor their gratitude for his continued commitment to our borough's ongoing revitalization," said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.