Engineers Begin Study of Billion Dollar Passenger Train Through Brooklyn

Engineering gurus will begin studying a proposed billion-dollar passenger train that would run through southern Brooklyn, authorities announced on Wednesday. 

The Metropolitan Transit Authority awarded infrastructure firm Aecom with a $1.3 million contract on Jan. 22 to determine the feasibility study for the project, which would revive passenger service on the Bay Ridge Branch — a freight line that once carried straphangers through Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, Midwood, and East Flatbush until it was decommissioned in 1924. 

“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,” said Tom Wright, the president and CEO of the nonprofit the Regional Plan Association.

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