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About the Project

2012 NSAA Presentation

The North Shore Alternatives Analysis Study (NSAA) is a project sponsored by MTA - New York City Transit (NYCT) and funded by the Staten Island Borough President. The study examined public transit alternatives for Staten Island's North Shore.

The North Shore rail line opened to passenger and freight service in 1890. Built between Cranford, NJ and the St. George Ferry terminal, the line was operated jointly by the Staten Island Rapid Transit Company (SIRTOA) and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Passenger service ended in 1953 and rail freight service continued until 1989. Rail freight activity was revived in 2005 at Howland Hook on the western end of the North Shore Railroad Right-of-Way (ROW).

Existing North Shore ROW viaduct
Existing North Shore ROW viaduct
Port Richmond Avenue
Port Richmond Avenue
Tracks along the base of the Richmond Terrace retaining wall
Tracks along the base of the Richmond Terrace retaining wall

The Project Study Area

This study area focuses on the North Shore of Staten Island between South Avenue and St. George, bounded by the Kill Van Kull to the north and Victory Boulevard to the south with a corridor extension along South Avenue between Richmond Terrace and Teleport Drive.

Richmond Terrace and Victory Boulevard approximate the northern and southern boundary of the study area, respectively. Richmond Terrace, Victory Boulevard and Forest Avenue are the primary east-west roadways in the study area.

North-south circulation is limited within the study area. The main access routes between the study area and points south (including the Staten Island Expressway) are South Avenue, Harbor Road, Richmond Avenue/Morningstar Road, Route 440 (MLK Expressway), Port Richmond Avenue, Jewett Avenue/Bradley Avenue, Clove Road, Bennett Avenue, Bard Avenue, Lafayette Avenue, Jersey Street, and Bay Street.

At the eastern end of the corridor is the St. George Ferry Terminal, a major intermodal transportation facility, providing connections among local/limited bus routes, the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) ferry to Lower Manhattan, and the NYCT Staten Island Railway's St. George-Tottenville line.

NYCT provides local, limited, and express bus stop services along several routes, primarily along Richmond Terrace, Castleton Avenue, Forest Avenue, South Avenue, Port Richmond Avenue, and Broadway. Many of these routes terminate at the St. George Ferry Terminal. A new peak period bus route links western Staten Island and the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail (HBLR) in Bayonne, NJ.

NSAA Alternatives Analysis Report (PDF, 3.08 MB)

For further information about this Alternatives Analysis Project please contact:

Melissa Farley, Assistant Director, Government and Community Relations
646 252 2655

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