A streetcar line called The Brooklyn Queens Connector is receiving big support from Business and Government.
The proposed route for the streetcar line would run from Sunset Park through Gowanus, Red Hook, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, Dumbo, Vinegar Hill, The Brooklyn Navy Yard, Williamsburg, Greenpoint and on to Long Island City and Astoria Queens.
The catalyst for The Brooklyn Queens Connector Line is the tremendous population growth in the Brooklyn and Queens waterfront neighborhoods as well as the possible shut down of the L train. This line would help commuters working in these waterfront neighborhoods and also be beneficial to tourism.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams says that “In a 21st century Brooklyn, we need 21st century transportation solutions to meet the historic challenges that have faced underserved communities”. “ I support the principles of this plan to bring emissions free transit to our waterfront, supporting a large percentage of our public housing residents as well as our emerging industrial employment hubs”.
The streetcar route will go parallel to car traffic like the old New York City Trolley system did.
The project is tentatively set to start in 2019 and service would begin in 2024.
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