"We got a good firm, and we got a bargain," said Borough President James Molinaro, who, along with the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce, has championed the restoration of transit service along the former North Shore Rail right-of-way.
After the nine-month study concludes, the Environmental Impact Statement process will begin. That step can cost in the tens of millions, and the funds aren't yet set aside.
"That's still a lot of money to raise," Molinaro said.
"We're excited to be moving forward with new ideas for improving mobility on the north and west shores of Staten Island," said MTA spokesman Jeremy Soffin. "This study will shed light on the benefits and costs of several transit possibilities, and we look forward to an informed dialogue with Staten Island residents."