Potentially HUGE Commuter News…4

Posted by Deirdre // 12-06-2011

 

According to this article in the WSJ, “A multibillion-dollar project to connect the Long Island Rail Road to Grand Central Terminal may have a nice side effect for people in New York City’s northern suburbs. It might also make it possible for Metro-North trains to run directly into Penn Station.”

Oyster Bar ceiling - You're not finding this at Penn Station

First of all, I didn’t know the LIRR to GCT was a consideration. Grand Central is sooo much better, but if you work on the West side, it doesn’t matter much – Penn would be the logical choice if you had one. Let’s face it, you’d be shaving anywhere from 10-25 minutes off your commute time if you could come into your preferred station. Obviously this would be years in the future, but would it change your consideration set?

 
 

2 Responses

  1. February 3rd, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Given how absolutely horrendous it is getting on a Lexington Avenue Line train at rush hour, or navigating GCT to get just to MNR trains, this sounds like a terrifyingly bad idea. Great thing for all the LIRR customers who hate Penn, but it will wreck traffic flow in and out of the station for folks currently travelling through Grand Central.

    Full disclosure: I’m a commuter, I come in from Beacon… obviously you know where my bread is buttered.

    • Deirdre @ BklynvsBurbsandBeyond.com says:
      February 7th, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      Well, there’s always the T train! Actually, I hadn’t thought about that. But I do think that by the time they figure it all out, the T (Second Ave Subway) will be up and running, and the 7 will be extended West. And didn’t they say that MTA Trains will also be able to go into Penn?