MTA eyes creating passenger rail line in Bay Ridge

It’s still years from happening, but a freight train line that runs beneath the Bay Ridge Towers on 65th Street could be expanded to include a full-scale passenger rail line if a study the Metropolitan Transportation Authority commissioned Wednesday results in a favorable finding.

The MTA announced on Jan. 22 that it has awarded a $1.3 million contract to the engineering firm AECOM to study the feasibility of starting passenger service utilizing the Bay Ridge Branch, a 16-mile-long, freight-only rail line running from Bay Ridge/Sunset Park to Astoria, Queens.

The initial concept of a passenger service on the Bay Ridge Branch was originally developed by the Regional Plan Association, an urban research and advocacy organization.

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