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Amtrak service proposed for NYC to western Massachusetts

The corridor would include track segments owned by Amtrak and CSX.
Photo – Berkshire Flyer feasibility study


The Berkshire Flyer Working Group last week released a report examining the feasibility of Amtrak-operated rail service from New York City to Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

The initial service could run for 20 weeks of the year, or from Memorial Day to Columbus Day. The corridor includes track segments owned by Amtrak and CSX.

The service would begin as a pilot program, The Berkshire Edge reported. The pilot would include one round trip each weekend during summer and fall weekends between New York City and Pittsfield, according to the newspaper.

The service's capital cost is $17 million to $36 million, according to the feasibility study. Included in the cost is track upgrades, engineering and permitting, building connections to existing track, and earthwork and drainage.

The service's gross operating cost would be more than $420,000 a year. However, with revenue generated from the service, the operating cost would drop to around $240,000 annually.

The goal is to establish the service by summer 2019 or 2020.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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