The New York City Department of Transportation has conducted a study to evaluate the feasibility of reintroducing passenger rail service on the Lower Montauk Branch line. The branch connects the existing Long Island Rail Road stations of Long Island City and Jamaica, passing through the neighborhoods of Maspeth, Ridgewood, Glendale, Middle Village, and Richmond Hill. The Long Island Rail Road provided passenger service along the branch at five stations until 1998. Currently, the branch is used for freight service only.
This study, which was sponsored by former Council Member Elizabeth Crowley, explored options for restoring passenger service that responds to the needs of adjacent neighborhoods, explored development potential to support passenger service, and balanced the demands of current and future freight rail activity.
Stakeholder and Public Involvement
May 16, 2017 – Workshop Presentation Download the workshop presentation May 2017 (pdf)
January 23, 2017 – Public Stakeholder Outreach Presentation Download the public stakeholder outreach presentation January 2017 (pdf)
2015 – Study Proposed by former Council Member Elizabeth Crowley
June 2016 – Funding Secured for Study
Summer 2016 – Initial Outreach to Elected Officials, Community Boards, Community Stakeholders and City and State Agencies
December 2016 – Study Initiated
January 2017 – Outreach to Elected Officials, Community Boards and Community Stakeholders
Spring 2017 – Public Outreach Workshop
Winter 2017/18 – Final Study Released
January 22, 2018 – Executive Summary Download the executive summary January 2018 (pdf)
January 22, 2018 – Final Report Download the final report January 2018 (pdf)