By Cory Willey
LENOX — A proposed rail connecting New York City to Pittsfield via the Albany-Rensselaer station is expected to cost approximately $421,561 to operate seasonally, according to estimates provided by Amtrak.
State Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, says he expects a pilot version of the railway up and running by the summer of 2020.
“The working group has indicated that a pilot would be possible no earlier than summer of 2019, and I’ll add no later than 2020,” Hinds said Monday, following the release of a feasibility study put together by the Berkshire Flyer Working Group.
The group was created through legislation drafted by Hinds and endorsed by the state senate last May.
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