Public Transit Version of the BQE
People who live in Brooklyn don’t like commuting to Queens. People who live in Queens don’t like commuting to Brooklyn. It seems like a simple commute, just go straight north or straight south. That is if travelling by car (ignore the constant traffic). By public transportation, you can take the subway, but out of the MTA’s 23 subway lines, only the G line goes directly Brooklyn <> Queens. Yep, that means nearly 2 hours of commute, because you’ll have to go through the entire Manhattan before bending around to Brooklyn or Queens. Can the city do anything about this?
Yes! In fact there are proposed plans to create a streetcar system along the Brooklyn/Queens waterfront. The route goes down to Red Hook in Brooklyn and up to Astoria in Queens. That route also offers a nice view of Manhattan. The creation of a streetcar system can boost the economy and development around the waterfront.
Here is a potential route:
Some netizens voiced out that merely creating a streetcar cannot satisfy commuters between Brooklyn and Queens. Building full subway lines will take decades and billions of dollars. New York can’t wait that long. The idea for North/South transportation is not new, but the advisory committee for this project finally commissioned HR&R Advisors to research how economically feasible streetcars will be.
Photo Credit: http://ny.curbed.com/