Berkshire Flyer Cost Per Year: $420k
It would cost about $420,000 to operate a seasonal train connecting Pittsfield and New York City, according to the Berkshire Flyer Working Group, which released a feasibility study on the rail route Monday.
The Berkshire Eagle reports that the operating price tag would be offset by rider ship— an estimated 2,600 one-way trips per 20-week season.
This would put the net cost of running the Berkshire Flyer rail service at around $230,000 per year, the Working Group estimates, plus another $50,000 to $100,000 for marketing and management.
The Working Group looked at three options for Berkshire Flyer service and chose the one that best utilizes existing infrastructure. The passenger line would run on existing railroad track.