Lawmakers: ‘Triboro Plan’ would make outer borough rail travel smoother

Lawmakers are trying to get the MTA to move ahead with a plan that would make moving around the outer boroughs by rail a smoother process.

Bronx Assemblyman Michael Benedetto says he is supporting a proposal that would use 24 miles of already existing train tracks to connect commuters in the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and possibly Staten Island without ever stopping in Manhattan.

The so-called "Triboro Plan" was developed by the nonprofit Regional Plan Association. It gained steam this summer when Brooklyn Assemblyman Latrice Walker drafted a bill asking the MTA to study the feasibility of using freight lines for passenger service as well. On Wednesday, some of her colleagues echoed her call to action.

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