Bay Ridge to Astoria line looked at by MTA

The MTA awarded a $1.3 million contract to engineering firm AECOM to begin studying the feasibility of adding passenger service to a freight-only rail line running from Bay Ridge and Sunset Park to Astoria, the agency announced last Wednesday.

Tom Wright, president and CEO of the Regional Plan Association, called the study a “crucial first step” for the Triboro vision, a plan to address transit needs in the outer boroughs by using the line for passenger trains.

“Transit service on the Bay Ridge Line would not only provide better transit service between the outer boroughs but also cut construction and acquisition costs since the rail tracks are already there,” he said.

Read more in the Queens Chronicle