The System Study explored the five potential corridors/options identified from the previous Commuter Rail Strategic Plan from 2007 and looked at the region from a macro perspective to gauge the potential for each of the five corridors. The study included factors such as existing freight operations in the corridors and potential opportunities for commuter rail in the existing rights of way. Additionally the System Study established priorities for implementing commuter rail service through an evaluation of ridership potential, operating strategies, and associated capital and operating costs.
Stakeholders that participated in the Strategic Plan, as well as newly identified stakeholders, had been asked to continue to provide their input and expertise for this study. The Stakeholder Group met twice and provided valuable input throughout the process. Two additional Stakeholder Group meetings were held during the course of the study to provide input with respect to findings and recommendations made during the course of the study process. The study was completed in Spring 2010 and the final report published in summer 2010.