Governor Kathy Hochul recently announced that NYC is moving forward with plans to expand transit service between Brooklyn & Queens. The project, the Interborough Express, would improve more than 100,000 commuters who make a daily trip between the two boroughs and connect as many as 17 subway lines.
The MTA will soon start the environmental review process before construction begins. The project would rely on the already existing Bay Ridge Branch freight rail line, and expand connection between Sunset Park, Borough Park, Kensington, Midwood, Flatbush, Flatlands, New Lots, Brownsville, East New York, Bushwick, Ridgewood, Middle Village, Maspeth, Elmhurst and Jackson Heights, and more underserved communities that lack stations.
“This project would smartly repurpose existing infrastructure to add mass transit and create access to jobs, education, and opportunity for so many residents of Queens and Brooklyn,” said MTA Acting Chair and CEO Janno Lieber.
According to the press release, the affected communities are home to around 900,000 people and 260,000 jobs, with immense growth expected within the next 25 years. Traveling between outerboroughs has long been a frustrating inconvenience as rail lines are mainly focused towards Manhattan. This project “would provide critical mobility, creating better links for travel to and from Manhattan as well as key connections among neighborhoods, across boroughs, and opening up new opportunities for reverse commuting into Nassau and Suffolk Counties.”
With this new line, end-to-end travel time could be cut down to less than 40 minutes. Moreover, it would save significant travel time for commuters who have had to rely on buses often facing heavy street traffic thus far.
It’s time to invest in the bold, cutting-edge infrastructure projects that will make a real difference in the lives of everyday New Yorkers, Governor Hochul said. The Interborough Express would be a transformational addition to Brooklyn and Queens, cutting down on travel time and helping neighborhoods and communities become cleaner, greener and more equitable.
The Interborough Express is also expected to work in tandem with the Bay Ridge Branch corridor that can service cross harbor rail freight. This collaboration would clear up truck congestion and fortify supply chains that have been struggling since the start of the pandemic.
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