BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
A prototype for the Brooklyn/Queens Connector (BQX)—a streetcar system that would run along a 14-mile route from Astoria to Sunset Park—was unveiled on Monday morning, bringing the project one step closer to its 2024 goal.
The unveiling took place at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which would be one of the BQX’s stops along the Brooklyn/Queens waterfront.
“Today, we’re providing New Yorkers with their first real taste of what the BQX would look and feel like, and calling on the city to bring light rail service to areas long underserved by reliable mass transit,” said Ya-Ting Liu, executive director of Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector. “It’s clear now is the moment to move forward with this transformative project to connect hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, including over 40,000 public housing residents, to jobs, education, healthcare and recreation along the route. Today we can start to imagine what’s possible, and now it’s time for the city to make this a reality.”
The prototype consists of an 8.7-foot-wide, 46-foot-long streetcar that is comprised of two carts, including a driver cab. The prototype presented a live visual of the advantages of the project, such as having higher capacity cars, street-level boarding for those with mobility challenges and open-gangways.
The BQX’s stops in Queens would all be in Long Island City and Astoria.
The full version will be in this week’s print paper.
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