The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has approved a proposal from Amtrak to build a rail bridge over the Pacific that would link up the Northeast Corridor to the East Coast.
The rail bridge is part of a proposal to connect the Northeast with the East by using rail, which is a cheaper, more reliable and faster option than car or truck transportation.
The project is still in the planning phase, but Amtrak is confident that it will be approved soon.
The company said it has completed an initial feasibility study and is working with a consultant to develop a design.
The Federal Transit Administration (FTAA) will finalize a final design in the next year or two.
The project is expected to cost $4 billion, or $2.5 billion less than the current plan.
The bridge would extend from the Boston to New York Amtrak train line in New York City.
The New York-to-Boston route would be the most cost-effective way to connect Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor network to the West Coast.
Currently, freight services travel only between Boston and New York and the New York to Los Angeles rail line.
Amtrak wants to link up both routes.
The Northeast Corridor, which connects the West with the Midwest, is the fastest growing rail route in the country.
The expansion is expected by 2020.