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High-Speed Rail Could Come To Northeast Corridor In 2040

Penn Station - New York, NY (file / credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Penn Station – New York, NY (file / credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Federal Railroad Administration is considering several options to improve rail service in the heavily-traveled Northeast Corridor.

One plan could bring 220-mile-per-hour bullet trains between Washington, D.C. and Boston in the year 2040, according to a report detailing 15 possible future investments for the 457-mile corridor.

LINK: NEC FUTURE – A Rail Investment Plan for the Northeast Corridor

The trains would go over or under Long Island Sound, 1010 WINS’ John Montone reported. So, you could leave New York at 9 a.m. and make it in time for brunch in Boston.

Rail riders at Penn Station love the idea.

Commuter Brian Lavelle, of Merrick, compared it to high-speed trains in Italy.

“It’s great, you get on the train, go from city to city at a couple hundred miles per hour, it’s fantastic,” Lavelle said.

The estimated price tag for the project is $141 billion, Montone reported.

The FRA began its Northeast Corridor Future program last February and a final plan is expected to be chosen by 2015.

Three public workshops will be held next week in New Haven, Conn., Newark, N.J. and Washington, D.C. where officials will discuss options for future service and routes.

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