Our neighborhood has one of the best transit infrastructures in all of New York City, but it is often easier to get from Downtown Brooklyn to Manhattan than it is to other parts of the borough. In order to better connect the “innovation corridor” stretching up the East River waterfront from Brooklyn to Queens, plans for a new state-of-the-art streetcar system known as the Brooklyn Queens Connector (BQX) are now underway.
An idea that stemmed out of the 2012 Brooklyn Tech Triangle Strategic Plan, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership helped lead the efforts of a local alliance to explore this project, and the de Blasio Administration announced in early 2016 plans for a 16-mile route from Astoria to Sunset Park. The proposed line would connect up to 10 ferry landings, 30 bus routes, 15 subway lines, 6 LIRR lines, and more than 100 Citi Bike stations.
The community engagement process of the planning is now underway, being led by the City’s Economic Development Corporation, with the public approvals process necessary to greenlight the project slated to begin in 2017.