Passenger rail service on the Staten Island North Shore Branch ended in 1953. Freight service ended in 1989. The right-of-way has remained largely untouched since then. This study will examine and evaluate potential modes of travel, including: heavy rail, such as the SIR; light rail, such as Hudson-Bergen Light Rail; and Bus Rapid Transit service, among others.
The process will begin with the identification of a list of alternatives that will be narrowed down through a series of increasingly detailed analyses (costs, impacts, potential ridership). The study is expected to last approximately 12-14 months. The final result of this study will be an Alternatives Analysis report that will recommend a locally preferred alternative for further development.