New Talk Of Bayonne To Staten Island Rail Link

BAYONNE, NJ (WCBS 880) – Right now, it’s just an idea.

WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reports

“It’s only that. It’s an idea at this stage,” says NJ Transit spokesman Dan Stessel. “NJ Transit has never taken a position on it.”

A Hudson-Bergen Light Rail train is seen at the Port Imperial station - Weehawken, NJ - Sep 25, 2009 - Photo: Evan Bindelglass / WCBS 880

A Hudson-Bergen Light Rail train is seen at the Port Imperial station - Weehawken, NJ - Sep 25, 2009 - Photo: Evan Bindelglass / WCBS 880

“In order to advance a project like this, there needs to be elaborate study. There are concerns that we would certainly have around cost and the capacity of the system itself,” says Stessel, who adds that the Port Authority (which runs the bridge) did, some time ago, ask for data to look at the idea, but that’s all that happened.

The Staten Island Advance reports that Rep. Michael Grimm (R-New York), who represents Staten Island, wants the Port Authority to include a rail link in any plan to raise the road deck of the bridge.

The Bayonne Bridge is too low for the supertankers that will be heading this way when the second Panama Canal is completed.

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  1. JANICE says:

    i have lived here all my life,was born in the old Staten Island Hosipital and my children to. This place has Change alot. And i tell people that everthing that happens in staten island isn’t always a Islander doing it. Why do i say this well because we were raise to respect other people’ and there Probety,this is why i think this..
    I would think it would be great for you have another way off the island. Right now u have the Ferry and your cars. So whats next STATEN ISLAND!!

  2. Rileys Dad says:

    OH… Maybe getting a few thousand cars a day off of the already clogged highways. What you are not aware of is that many Staten Islanders would be able to take that train to their offices in Jersey City or Manhattan. I guess you are just another ingnorant Native New Yorker that only understands the part of the city that you live in.

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