Streetcar just part of transit solution
Feb 10, 2016 | 16569 views | 0 0 comments | 837 837 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In last week's State of the City address, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that $2.5 billion would be set aside to create a Brooklyn-Queens waterfront streetcar. And yet, even after the investment, many Queens and Brooklyn residents will continue to live in a transit wasteland.

The waterfront in both Brooklyn and Queens is becoming more densely populated by the minute, with the construction of high-rise condos and more retail and commercial space, so it's obvious there's a need for more transportation infrastructure.

And while making the journey between Queens and Brooklyn by mass transit is sometimes a small feat, the truth is that many of those waterfront neighborhoods do have some public transportation options.

A waterfront streetcar connecting the two boroughs will be a great amenity and convenience for those that live there, but the city also needs to address the huge expanses of Queens and Brooklyn that really do exists in a transit desert, where the only options are cars or numerous transfers between buses and subways.

There have been other proposals over the years that would serve these areas. The Triboro RX, for example, utilizes existing right-of-ways and train lines to run from Bay Ridge through Queens all the way to the Bronx. It would hit multiple communities in need and give people in those communities significantly more options.

Another proposal is the Rockaway Beach Rail Line, which again uses existing infrastructure. Some green space advocates want the defunct rail line to become a park, but the fact remains that it's inconvenient and often expensive (due to extra tolls) to get to the Rockaways.

In addition to the streetcar, the de Blasio administration and transit officials need to consider options on how to ease the transit woes felt many residents of New York City, whether it's simply increasing the amount of trains that run on the already existing tracks or adding additional bus lines if new infrastructure isn't possible.
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