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Penn Station Access

$2.87 Billion, Design-Build Metro-North Transformation


Manhattan and Bronx, NY


MTA Construction & Development

Project Status



Infrastructure – Rail/Transit


Halmar International, LLC/RailWorks, J.V. (Design-Builder)
Jacobs Civil Consultants Inc (Design Lead)
WSP USA and Atlas Technical Consultants, Inc. – Joint Venture (Project Manager)


4 new ADA-accessible stations
19 miles of new and rehabilitated track
4 bridge rehabilitations
Signal modernization


Commercial Management
Change Order Management

Maximizing Existing Infrastructure
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has undertaken an exciting design-build initiative to transform the New York region’s transportation system by bringing direct Metro-North service to Penn Station and Manhattan’s west side.  

The $2.87 billion Penn Station Access project will extend Metro-North’s New Haven Line and use Amtrak’s existing Hell Gate Line to access Penn Station, maximizing the potential of existing infrastructure while minimizing impacts on the surrounding community. 

In addition to bringing the Hell Gate Line into a state of good repair, the project will improve reliability and on-time performance for intercity passengers and prepare the line for future high-speed rail. 

New Stations, Bridge Rehabilitations, and Signal Upgrades
The project involves building four new accessible stations in the East Bronx at Hunts Point, Morris Park, Co-op City, and Parkchester/Van Nest. This will reduce commute times to the Bronx, Westchester, and Connecticut. 

The work also includes expanding the existing 2-track line to a 4-track system, four bridge rehabilitations, reconfigured interlockings, and modernizing signal, power, and communication infrastructure. 

Upon project completion in 2027, it is envisioned that 192 Metro-North trains will operate daily on the Hell Gate Line, fostering economic growth, increasing accessibility to underserved areas, reducing travel times, and promoting sustainability by reducing emissions and traffic congestion.

Group PMX Supporting the JV Project Management Team
The Joint Venture (JV) of WSP USA and Atlas Technical Consultants, Inc. provides project management services for this game-changing initiative, including construction management, design oversight, operations management, and commercial management. As part of the JV team, Group PMX performs commercial management and change order management services.

“Project success depends on building strong partnerships. The Penn Access project involves five distinct railroad entities – the MTA, Amtrak, Metro North, Long Island Rail Road, and CSXT, requiring extensive coordination. Our team is well-equipped to navigate these complexities because we recognize the importance of fostering good relationships. Together, we’ll improve transit access and pave the way for a brighter, more connected future.”

Dawn Savas

Change Order Manager

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