Staten Island Rail on the Drawing Board

A year-long study of the proposed West Shore Light Rail finds that the borough could draw nine stations and about 13,000 riders traveling within Staten Island or to Manhattan.

"Board member Vincent Accornero said the strong ridership forecast, particularly for the line's first four stations, make a good argument for developing the project at least that far.

A four-station line ending in Bloomfield would cost about $1.2 billion, while building the full nine-station length of the line to Richmond Valley, where it would meet the Staten Island Railway, would cost about $1.8 billion.

'Base' stations would be located at Elm Park, Richmond Avenue, Bloomfield near the Staten Island Corporate Park, Hugenot Avenue and Richmond Valley. Additional stations could be located at Forest Avenue, Victory Boulevard, Sharrotts Road and the Pleasant Plains Park and Ride near the Outerbridge Crossing."

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Staten Island Railway

Staten Island does have a rail line. The Staten Island Railway runs from St. George, at the northern tip of the island, to Tottenville, at the southern tip. It favors the eastern portion of the island.

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