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Local Meeting On Brooklyn-Queens Connector Scheduled For June 14

Rendering of the BQX at Queens Plaza

Rendering of the BQX at Queens Plaza

June 3, 2016 By Michael Florio

The City will host a public meeting in Long Island City regarding the Brooklyn-Queens Connector, the proposed $2.5 billion streetcar that would run between the two boroughs.

The meeting will take place on June 14 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the CUNY School of Law, located at 2 Court Square, according to Lydon Sleeper, Senior Vice President of Government and Community Relations with the NYC Economic Development Corporation.

Representatives from the EDC and Department of Transportation are set to attend.

This is one of several community visioning sessions slated for neighborhoods along the planned BQX route, to help the EDC and DOT gather community input on the proposal. The first meeting was held in Astoria on May 9.

The EDC estimates that the streetcar would serve 50,000 riders daily and 15 million riders annually.

The plan is to create 30 stops running between Astoria and Sunset Park, Brooklyn with each stop about a half-mile apart. There will be about a five- to ten-minute wait between arrivals during peak hours and the streetcar can carry twice as many riders as buses, Sleeper said at the Astoria meeting.

At that meeting, residents broke up into groups, sitting down with representatives from the two agencies to discuss the BQX proposal and give their input.

The EDC asked residents whether they could envision this transportation system in their neighborhood, and had attendees point out streets they thought would best be served by the streetcar.

In addition, the agency asked residents to express any concerns, which included the loss of parking spaces, as well as the cost and time of necessary construction.

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MRLIC

Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr & Patricia Dorfman tell it like it is. Some may not like the TRUTH, but that’s what it is the TRUTH. We pay the most for everything in NYC & State and get very little for it. Developers have run of the city, if this stops and sensible building occurs we might have a chance.

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Oldschool Sunnysider

A Golden Lionel Toy Train for those who live “One The Gold Coast”!!!
What about FIXING THE 7?
What about creating more ways to get from/to Manhattan so people have more options other than the Seven Sardine Can?

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patricia dorfman

should be called qbx, for starters, then defeated.

who doesn’t love trolleys but

the entire city is suffering for better public transit, among other infrastructure inadequacies, like parks, sewers, schools, hospitals, and the city puts forth something to overdevelop the waterfront for the benefit of real estate interests and those who are not here yet – spending $2.5 billion

mayor deblasio: please take care of the people here now

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Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr.

BQX = Development = Gentrification = Displacement = Homelessness.

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Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr.

Maria Herendez, don’t be surprised that any transportation project in NYC will have higher costs and years of delays dur to the mismanagement of the govenmental agenncies such as the DOT, the EDC, ot the MTA. Disclaimer: I am a progressive democratic young voter and I will be realistically skeptical to any transportation project that would not benefit to all transportation users such as businesses, cyclists, drivers, truckers and walkers, especially in Queens. BTW, the devil is in the details: Don’t be surprised that we as NYC taxpayers will be footing the bill in one of the highest taxed cities in the nation in one of the highest taxed states in the nation, and that’s a fact.

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Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr.

Don’t be surprised that any transportation project in NYC will have higher costs and years of delays dur to the mismanagement of the govenmental agenncies such as the DOT, the EDC, ot the MTA Maria Herendez. Disclaimer: I am a progressive democratic young voter and I will be realistically skeptical to any transportation project that would not benefit to all transportation users such as businesses, cyclists, drivers, truckers and walkers, especially in Queens. BTW, the devil is in the details: Don’t be surprised that we as NYC taxpayers will be footing the bill in one of the highest taxed cities in the nation in one of the highest taxed states in the nation, and that’s a fact.

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