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Northeast High Speed Rail Line Through Long Island Could Cost $105 Billion

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Officials on Long Island met this week to discuss a proposal to bring high-speed rail to the Northeast.

The North Atlantic Rail Initiative would connect Riverhead to Long Island Rail Road’s Ronkonkoma hub before tunneling under Long Island Sound to New Haven, Connecticut. The high-speed rail system would then go to Hartford and Boston.

The three-phase project would cost $105 billion.

Bob Yaro is former president of the Regional Plan Association. He said the funds could come from President Joe Biden's $3 trillion infrastructure plan.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said the project would benefit eastern Long Island, including restoration projects at Enterprise Park at Calverton, downtown Riverhead and the redevelopment efforts in Riverside.