The city has released possible routes for the $2.5 billion streetcar proposed for Brooklyn and Queens.
The 16-mile system could have more than 30 stops throughout Williamsburg, Astoria, Greenpoint, Red Hook, Long Island City, the Brooklyn Navy Yard and other neighborhoods, the New York Times reported. In a 25-page report, the city’s Economic Development Corporation and the New York Department of Transportation laid out possible routes for the Brooklyn-Queens Connector.
In Astoria, for example, the possible route would run along 27th Avenue in Hallets Points. The report also offers 21st Street, Vernon Boulevard, Crescent Street and 31st Street as other options. In Williamsburg, the line could run along Bedford Avenue, with Kent Avenue, Wythe Avenue and Berry Street listed as alternatives. Officials working on the project have said that the streetcar will likely have its own dedicated lane where possible.
Community meetings will be held in the next two months to discuss the possible routes. Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed the streetcar system in February, and the project could be completed by 2024.
City Hall believes that the streetcar’s benefit to property values will generate between $2.4 and $3 billion in additional tax revenue over 40 years to pay for the system, which it calculates will cost $2.5 billion to build. The city also estimates it will cost $31.5 million each year to operate and maintain the streetcar. The city turned down a proposal by Members of Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector — which counts Doug Steiner, Jordan Barowitz and Jed Walentas among its members — to split some of the costs. [NYT] — Kathryn Brenzel