Mayor Bill De Blasio’s Brooklyn to Queens streetcar plan could see the light of day after a report published by city agencies branded it a good idea.
The New York City Economic Development Corporation and the Department of Transportation issued the report saying the 16-mile track is the most viable connector between the two boroughs.
It states: “A streetcar/Light Rail hybrid is the most appropriate transit intervention along this corridor.”
The $2.5 billion project plans to make the journey between Astoria and Sunset Park quicker and would cost $2.75 to ride. It is not yet clear whether the MTA will integrate into the service and make it easier for passengers to use alongside the bus.
The cost of the project is expected to be offset by tax revenues generated by the rise in property values along the proposed route.
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