If you’ve ever used public transportation in the New York Metro area, then you know it can be just as much a headache as it is a necessity for getting in, around, and out of the city. It’s quite apparent that the current infrastructure isn’t accommodating the present and growing numbers of commuters, travelers, and tourists in the area. This has led the Regional Plan Association (RPA) to propose a commuter rail update that would connect some of the most frequented mass transit routes in the nation.

The RPA’s report details the merger of the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) with Metro-North and New Jersey Transit. This would make it possible for commuters to streamline a journey from New Jersey to Long Island, crossing through New York City. The plan for the Trans-Regional Express, also known as T-REX, includes a 30-year timeline for unifying the three separate rail services.

Image result for lirrThe merged system would require the addition of 60 new stations and over 200 miles of reactivated and newly added tracks. A new hub in Manhattan is also part of the proposal and not surprising, this major project would come with a rather steep price estimate of $71.4 billion, with a yearly cost of $2.4 billion.

Construction and industrial companies could see a lot of prosperity come from the ongoing project, including structural component manufacturers. This much rail and structural work would require a lot of ASTM A193 B7 threaded rods from Baco for example. RPA estimates the creation of 850,000 jobs in the area and the attraction of 1.8 million new residents over the next 20 years, provided infrastructure is properly adjusted.

For commuters who rely on the subway but do not live near a stop, the new multi-rail connections would provide a more convenient day-to-day solution as well as reduced fare costs. T-REX would begin with the addition of a new 31st Street-Third Avenue hub and the establishment of a crosstown connection between New Jersey and Long Island through an expansion of Amtrak’s Gateway project, which would include the new tunnels built under the Hudson River and the extension of Penn Station.

Though the proposed project has only recently been publicized, it has received a positive response from New Yorkers who are weary of a rail system in serious need of an update. Whether the ambitious project will come to fruition is another matter.

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