February 14, 2001 MTA New York City Transit is beginning an Alternatives Analysis Study that will look at improving transit service on the North Shore of Staten Island. The first open house will be held on April 22 to discuss the re-use of the former Staten Island Railway North Shore Branch. The public is invited to come and comment on potential alternatives to be considered, the goals and objectives of the study and other concerns.
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.