BY YVETTE BROWN
The Brooklyn-Queens waterfront may be expecting a $1.7 billion streetcar route, according to reports.
The New York Daily News reported a detailed proposal that shows that a nonprofit called the Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector, “whose members include transit experts, community leaders and business giants like Doug Steiner of Steiner Studios, investor Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures and Helena Durst of the Durst Organization real estate firm, envisions sleek streetcars zipping through 10 neighborhoods along the 17-mile stretch of waterfront land between Sunset Park and Astoria.”
The line, according to the proposal, would start near Hallets Cove on 27th Avenue, then run along 21st Street through Astoria, Ravenswood to Queensborough Plaza, then down 11th Street in Long Island City and across the Pulaski Bridge to Brooklyn.
The Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector is also known for their work of “linking neighborhoods to new job hubs outside of the Manhattan-centric subway system as the waterfront adds new residential buildings and office space.”
The study said that there would be an estimate of 15.8 million passengers a year in 2035 and despite the cost of the streetcar plus the estimated $26 million a year that it would cost to run it, the study shows that the streetcar would bring in $3.7 billion of new tax revenue.
“The proposed streetcar connecting the Brooklyn-Queens waterfront neighborhoods is intriguing. A dedicated public transit line that connects communities faster and more directly than the current transit options could benefit our residents and small businesses,” said Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria). “I look forward to hearing more details and working with the proposal’s stakeholders to ensure that current residents and the community has input in any future plan.”
According to reports, the study shows that it could break ground on the project as early as 2019. While that may be the case, nothing can be done until the Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector builds support for the streetcar.
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