The trip between Brooklyn and Queens has been a source of considerable frustration among NYC transit users for a while now. The only direct subway route between the boroughs is the notoriously unpredictable G Train, causing many commuters to resort to taking a train through Manhattan.
Now, straphangers hoping to shorten the trip between Brooklyn and Queens may have reason to rejoice. A new advisory committee is set to study the possibility of a streetcar or lightrail connecting Brooklyn’s Sunset Park to Astoria, Queens.
Capital New York reports that HR&A Advisors, the former employer of planning commissioner Carl Weisberg, are studying a route that might include Red Hook, Williamsburg, Long Island City, the Brooklyn Navy Yard and Downtown Brooklyn. The idea is to focus on thriving residential and commercial areas.
The committee is made up of development and community leaders like Two Trees executive David Lombino, Regional Plan Association president Tom Wright and Red Hook Initiative founder Jill Eisenhard. Other executives on the team include Industry City executive Andrew Kimball and Transportation Alternatives executive director Paul Steely White.
Urban planner Alex Garvin of AGA Public Realm Strategists pushed for a similar plan nearly a decade ago. The New York Times reported that Garvin envisioned a light rail line that would travel along 21st Street from Astoria Park to cross a bridge over Newtown Creek, which would include bike lanes and pedestrian walkways.
While this news is certainly exciting for New Yorkers, it would likely take at least five years to bring the plan to life.
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