MTA studies plan to resurrect passenger trains between Bay Ridge and Queens

The MTA says it will begin studying a plan to bring passenger trains back to the Bay Ridge Branch, a stretch of Long Island Railroad-owned, above-ground tracks between Bay Ridge and Queens that’s been moving only freight for the past 95 years.

“The line runs through a lot of communities that don’t have excellent rail service right now, including transit deserts where there’s limited rail,” said Kate Slevin, senior vice president of state programs and advocacy at RPA.

The MTA has said it will begin the Bay Ridge Branch study by the end of this year.

“We’re thrilled to see the study move forward,” said Slevin. “It really shows how the MTA is looking for creative ideas to make the most of our existing rail.”

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