BQX: A Streetcar of the Future Unveiled

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Transportation dream of tomorrow. A prototype of a BQX streetcar and station stop.

A dream direct route from southern Brooklyn to Queens

Community leaders and tenants associations from Brooklyn and Queens attended the reveal at the Brooklyn Navy yard and showed support of the Brooklyn Queens Connector (BQX) potential to fill transportation gaps.

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Borough Presidents of Queens and Brooklyn (Melinda Katz and Eric Adams) stand together in support of the Brooklyn Queens Connector (BQX).

Referring to the Brooklyn/Queens western waterfront, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said, “What we lack is connectivity, especially in Red Hook. This is a great opportunity. Let’s improve our transportation.”

Setting the press conference at the Brooklyn Navy Yard was thoughtfully impactful. At present it’s a gymnastic exercise to navigate public transportation options to arrive there.

“Today we’re providing New Yorkers with their first real taste of what the BQX would look and feel like, and calling on the city to bring light rail service to areas long underserved by reliable mass transit,” said Ya-Ting Liu (Executive Director, Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector).

The fare to ride the BQX will be the same as standard bus and subway fares, and they look to coordinate with the MTA for fare payment and free transfers. If things go to the Friends of BQX’s plan, the project will break ground by 2019 to commence service in 2024.

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Author: Lori Ann Doyon

Managing editor, head writer, and lead photographer of Greenline | North Brooklyn News since October 2014. Resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1990.

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