City reveals maps of proposed routes for Brooklyn-Queen streetcar

Posted On Wed, November 2, 2016 By

Posted On Wed, November 2, 2016 By In maps, Transportation

Rendering of the streetcar on Berry Street in Williamsburg

When the plan for a streetcar from Brooklyn to Queens was officially announced by the city in February, we knew that the $2.5 billion line would run 16 miles along the East River, from Astoria to Sunset Park, but the exact routes have remained a mystery, up until now. The Times reports that yesterday the city released a 25-page report that outlines these key details, as well as how the streetcar would traverse bridges to cross Newtown Creek and the Gowanus Canal and more logistical details. It also includes maps for the various routes through each neighborhood with a list of pros and cons (road width, proximity to existing subway stations, street and pedestrian traffic) for each possible street.

bqx-route-williamsburg-and-greenpoint

In all, the city expects to have 30+ stops along the route, approximately a half mile apart. They’ll be located at the center of the road, but the streetcars will interact with vehicular traffic only at intersections. During peak hours, cars will arrive every five to 10 minutes. Some streets, such as Berry Street in Williamsburg as seen above, will become “transitways” used only by the streetcars and pedestrians. It would have expanded sidewalks, but allow some street parking.

bqx-streetcar-route-astoria-and-long-island-city-2

In some areas, the routes may be moved farther away from the waterfront than originally conceived, based on studies of housing, public utilities, and subway connections. But in Astoria, for example, there’s a concern that this would leave out “transit deserts” near the East River such as public housing development the Astoria Houses. Councilman Costa Constantinides who represents Astoria said, “In the western part of my district, they can see Manhattan from their homes and yet it’s one of the longest commutes in the city, and into Brooklyn it’s even longer… We’re going to make sure our community has a voice.”

bqx-route-astoria-and-long-island-city

To cross Newtown Creek, there are three possible bridge options–a redesign of the Pulaski Bridge or new infrastructure at either 2nd to Franklin Street or Vernon to Manhattan Boulevards, both of which would include new bike and pedestrian paths.

bqx-route-red-hook

To cross the Gowanus Canal in Red Hook, there could either be a 10th Street bridge that would connect to the F and G trains or a 19th Street bridge that would lack a subway connection, but provide quicker access to Sunset Park and a new bike/pedestrian path.

Brooklyn-Queens Streetcar2

Fares will cost $2.75, the same as a subway ride, but it’s still unclear whether there will be free transfers to other modes of MTA transit. The city will begin meeting with local community groups this month to discuss the possible routes. They’ll then start the environmental review next year and construction in 2019. Completion is planned for 2024. You can read the Economic Development Corporation’s full report here, and view all the route maps in our gallery below.

[Via NYT]

RELATED:

Tags : ,

MOST RECENT ARTICLES

  • In black neighborhoods, 74 percent of Airbnb hosts are white

    In black neighborhoods, 74 percent of Airbnb hosts are white

    Watchdog group Inside Airbnb released a new report, which shows that across 72 predominantly African-American neighborhoods in New York City, 74 ...
  • Steven Holl’s ‘T Space’ is an art gallery tucked away in an Upstate forest

    Steven Holl’s ‘T Space’ is an art gallery tucked away in an Upstate forest

    Though it looks like this cedar cabin is floating above the terrain, the structure actually sits atop nine steel stilts. ...
  • Lavish $65M penthouse unveiled at Robert A.M. Stern’s 70 Vestry

    Lavish $65M penthouse unveiled at Robert A.M. Stern’s 70 Vestry

    After selling the $50 million penthouse at the beginning of the year and celebrating the building’s topping out last month, ...
  • Women’s History Month began in New York in 1909 to honor the city’s garment workers’ strike

    Women’s History Month began in New York in 1909 to honor the city’s garment workers’ strike

    Now celebrated worldwide during the month of March, the observance originated in New York City in 1909 as “Women’s Day,” on ...
  • Jacques Torres opening a chocolate museum; Danny Meyer’s FiDi restaurant will have city’s highest ballroom

    Jacques Torres opening a chocolate museum; Danny Meyer’s FiDi restaurant will have city’s highest ballroom

    Jacques Torres will soon open “Choco-Story New York, The Chocolate Museum and Experience with Jacques Torres” at his Hudson Square ...
  • How to confront your landlord when your apartment is without heat

    How to confront your landlord when your apartment is without heat

    A stiff wind squeezes a draft through the bedroom window. The radiator is ice-cold. The building super says there’s nothing ...
  • How Aaron Burr gave the city a faulty system of wooden water mains

    How Aaron Burr gave the city a faulty system of wooden water mains

    In 2006, construction crews discovered a 13-foot section of the wooden water mains under Beekman Street near the South Street ...
  • Report says having a roommate can save a New York millennial $728/month

    Report says having a roommate can save a New York millennial $728/month

    We tend to think of New York as a hub for millennials living paycheck to paycheck, hindered by a higher-than-average ...
  • Media mogul Adriana Cisneros looks to unload her $7.85M Chelsea townhouse

    Media mogul Adriana Cisneros looks to unload her $7.85M Chelsea townhouse

    This Chelsea townhouse at 332 West 20th Street is being sold off by a power couple: Adriana Cisneros, the CEO ...
  • 139th Street revisited: Bob Dylan’s former townhouse on Striver’s Row for sale for $3.7M

    139th Street revisited: Bob Dylan’s former townhouse on Striver’s Row for sale for $3.7M

    Not only has this landmarked four-story home standing among the rarely available townhouses in Harlem’s Saint Nicholas Historic District–better known as ...
  • Spacious $860K loft is in a Bed-Stuy building known for its quirky apartments

    Spacious $860K loft is in a Bed-Stuy building known for its quirky apartments

    This loft apartment comes from the well-known Brooklyn condo the Chocolate Factory Lofts at 689 Myrtle Avenue. (The building was once, ...
  • Sales launch at Lenny Kravtiz-designed Nolita condo; capturing the historic smells of the Morgan Library

    Sales launch at Lenny Kravtiz-designed Nolita condo; capturing the historic smells of the Morgan Library

    Did you know Pleistocene-era mollusks have been discovered in Manhattan? This interactive map plots every dinosaur fossil found on Earth. ...

SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTERS

Thank you, your sign-up request was successful!
This email address is already subscribed, thank you!
Please provide a valid email address.
Please complete the CAPTCHA.
Oops. Something went wrong. Please try again later.