In 2014, Amtrak approached the City of New York to develop a long-term plan for a future overbuild on Sunnyside Yard.
The Yard, which serves Amtrak, LIRR, and New Jersey Transit, is one of the busiest passenger rail facilities in North America and critical piece of national rail infrastructure. In 2014, Amtrak completed a once-in-a-century plan to upgrade Sunnyside Yard, creating a unique and time-sensitive opportunity to envision extending neighborhoods over the Yard.
Informed by the voices of Queens, the Sunnyside Yard Master Planning Process identified six pressing needs. The priorities below respond to these needs and form the backbone of the Sunnyside Yard Master Plan, which was released on March 3, 2020 after 18 months of public engagement and analysis.
- Public Space & Social infrastructure
- Improved Transportation
- Affordable Housing
- Jobs, Schools and Workforce Development
- Sustainability and Resilience
- Keeping it Queens