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 along the East River waterfront from Brooklyn to Queens, plans for a new streetcar system known as the Brooklyn Queens Connector (BQX) are now underway.
An idea that stemmed from 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 2020 plans for an 11-mile route from Astoria to Red Hook. The proposed line would connect 13 subway lines, over 30 bus routes, nine NYC Ferry landings, and more than 100 Citi Bike stations.
The NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC) will begin a community engagement process in February 2020 to update and seek opinions from community members on the proposal.