The RPA states that the number of commuters traveling daily from the suburbs into Manhattan could grow as much as 34% in the next 25 years, which is way over the capacity of the current system.

NEW YORK CITY—The Regional Plan Association has released areport that calls for the $71.4-billion merger of regional MTAtrain lines—the Long Island Rail Road, Metro North and New JerseyTransit—to form the Trans-Regional Express, an integrated regionalrail network.

The merged regional commuter rail network, named T-REX forshort, would take 30-years to complete and require an annualinvestment of $2.4 billion over and above the investment requiredby the MTA, New York and New Jersey to fund the controversial$39-billion NEC Future program that includes the Gateway projectand the additional tracks five and six between North Brunswick, NJand Green's Farms, CT, the RPA states in its report.

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John Jordan

John Jordan is a veteran journalist with 36 years of print and digital media experience.