February 16, 2016
Video available at: https://youtu.be/R971OeYXsII
Self-financed streetcar line would generate 28,000 jobs and over $25 billion in wages and economic activity for New Yorkers
From Queensbridge Houses to the Brooklyn Navy Yard in just 27 minutes, from Red Hook Houses to DUMBO in 20 minutes
NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio today joined tenants of NYCHA’s Red Hook Houses, transit leaders, elected officials and civic groups to detail a new streetcar service: the Brooklyn-Queens Connector (BQX). The new transit line – the first New York City streetcar in more than fifty years – would stretch 16 miles from Astoria in Queens to Sunset Park in Brooklyn, linking together neighborhoods long underserved by public transit with some of the fastest-growing job hubs.
When fully built-out, it could serve almost 50,000 passengers per day, making it one of the biggest urban streetcar systems in the nation.
“People in neighborhoods like Red Hook haven’t had the quality transit they need and deserve. This new service means opportunity for those families, and it’s also going to strengthen communities up and down the waterfront. Anyone can see the enormous growth happening here – it’s time we brought new transit to these neighborhoods for all those people and jobs,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“This corridor is where the present and the future of our city are happening. It’s where jobs and housing are growing, and where innovators and businesses are moving every day. The BQX will tie all these incredible success stories together, and open up even more opportunity for our people,” said Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen.
“To build a dynamic, resilient, five-borough economy, the de Blasio administration is making catalytic investments that will grow quality jobs in neighborhoods like Sunset Park and Long Island City,” said NYCEDC President Maria Torres-Springer. “With the Brooklyn-Queens Connector, we'll help more New Yorkers access those jobs, spark more than $25 billion dollars in economic impact over the next three decades, and ensure we are both planning for as well as investing in our city's future.”
“The BQX will provide the modern, efficient, state-of-the-art transit link that the growing Brooklyn and Queens waterfront, which is underserved by the current subway system, urgently needs,” said Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. “The BQX will provide a cost-effective transportation option for neighborhoods all along the East River that will also spur economic development and more vibrant communities for all New Yorkers.”
The Brooklyn-Queens waterfront is one of the fastest-growing parts of the city, with more than 405,000 residents and 296,000 workers. But transit capacity hasn’t kept pace with population and employment growth. The BQX would link together long-isolated neighborhoods and bring 21st century public transit to meet the needs of a growing city. Following extensive community outreach and planning, the Administration foresees breaking ground on the project in 2019-2020.
Time Savings for Riders:
|Route||Current Travel Time (mins)||Current Transit||New Travel Time (mins)||Time|
|Astoria – Williamsburg||61||N/L||27||34|
|Queensbridge - Navy Yard||59||F, B62, B57||27||32|
|Greenpoint/Williamsburg - DUMBO||51||B62||27||24|
|DUMBO - Red Hook||48||B61, F||20||28|
|LIC - Red Hook||67||G, B57||50||17|
|LIC - Downtown Brooklyn||50||Q39, G, B41||40||10|
|Navy Yard - Downtown Brooklyn||30||B62, R||20||10|
|Navy Yard - Red Hook||67||B62, B61||52||15|
Ridership and Fares: