- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is proposing to extend Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven line to Penn Station in Manhattan to ease crowding and provide access to Manhattan’s West Side as part of a broad $32 billion, four-year capital improvement program.

The regional transit agency also proposes to build four stations in the Bronx, buy subway cars, Staten Island Railway cars and buses, improve tracks, signals and other equipment and upgrade bridges.

It also promises to complete the installation of positive train control systems, which are designed to automatically stop or slow a train before certain accidents occur. Four passengers were killed in a Metro-North derailment last December in the Bronx.

The MTA system of commuter trains, subways and buses, serves 8.7 million riders a day. The MTA says it doesn’t have enough money to fund its capital program. It says it has identified about $17 billion in funding sources that include money from Washington, bonding and $3 billion in unspecified MTA sources.

MTA says it will work with its partners, including Connecticut and New York, to bridge a $15.2 billion gap.

The 2015-19 Capital Program is to be presented to the MTA board for approval Wednesday.

Metro-North’s New Haven line now ends at Grand Central Terminal on Manhattan’s East Side.

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