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Opinion: Idea to merge NY-NJ passenger rail systems has lessons for all

(Source: Metro Magazine opinion column by James Blue, June 6, 2018)

NEW YORK — The recent release of a report recommending restructuring and expansion of the New York region’s three commuter rail networks has lessons for the industry that go far beyond commuter rail and New York. Accordingly, they are worth a read by everyone in our industry. The report, “Trans-Regional Express: Transforming the New York Region’s Commuter Rail System Into an Integrated Regional Rail Network,” conducted by the think tank New York Regional Plan Association, can be found at the link below. The report calls for a $71.4-billion merger of the Long Island Rail Road, Metro North and New Jersey Transit commuter rail lines to form an integrated “Trans-Regional Express” region-wide network, or “T-REX” for short. The merger would be undertaken in three phases over 30 years. Importantly, the plan would need an additional annual investment of $2.4 billion over that time frame, above the investment program already needed by existing agencies to fund the Gateway project and the two additional tracks they want to build.

Full story: www.metro-magazine.com

Friday, June 15, 2018

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