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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants the Metro-North Railroad to expand to New York City's Penn Station following recommendations made in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

Cuomo announced the Penn Station Access Project proposal Wednesday during his State of the State address in Albany.

The plan calls for opening four new Metro-North stations in the Bronx, bypassing the Mott Haven Junction and the Harlem River Lift Bridge. If a natural disaster disabled those two points, commuters could travel into and out of Manhattan via the new route.

A few years ago, the Harlem River Lift Bridge was almost destroyed by fire.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's budget already includes $40.6 million for planning the project. He says the state and the MTA will seek federal funding to expand the nation's second-largest commuter railroad.

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