Sanborn said noise would be just one of many factors that would be included in the study.
“We look at air quality, water and noise impacts among many other environmental factors,” he said. “It looks at potential impacts on traffic. We review any impacts on economic development. We look at projections for ridership, and then capital costs and operating costs.”
State transportation officials have approved spending federal money for a feasibility study, he said.
Sanborn stressed that doing the feasibility study does not guarantee the project would move forward. The study will include scenarios with all possible options that are being considered. He would not go into details about the specific locations of either the rail extension or the layover station.
”We want to gather enough information and be able to follow up on it,” Sanborn said. “We’ll then go to the Executive Council and say whether or not this makes sense.”