What ever happened to the promised MTA feasibility study for restoration of Long Island Railroad service on the old Rockaway Beach line?
The original completion date was June 2017. It was subsequently delayed until December 2017 and again to June 2018. Both draft and final reports have yet to been made public.
Continued delay in release of the study could imply that both feasibility and costs have been found to be prohibitive. The estimated costs have already grown from $600 million to a $1 billion over recent years.
Remember the proposed Lower Montauk branch light rail project championed by former councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley? Release of the $500,000 feasibility study last December may have been the final stop for this project.
According to this report, the anticipated cost grew from $100 million to $2.2 billion! Support from public officials, transit agencies, transit advocates, commuters and taxpayers subsequently disappeared.
The longer the MTA sits on the study, the greater the odds MTA staff are staying up late trying to wordsmith the report so as to downplay the bad news.
The only winners from this study will be the well-paid consultants. They will move on to the next transit planners dream.