Tonight! Weigh in on the streetcar plan in Sunset Park

Visions of things to come: A rendering imagines a streecar gliding past Industry City in Sunset Park — which in this fantastical future also sports bike lanes and repaved roads.
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Locals can weigh in on the mayor’s proposed $2.5-billion, Sunset Park-to-Queens streetcar project at a meeting in Sunset Park tonight.

Developers building along the waterfront have been pushing the trolley as an amenity for neighborhoods it would run through — including Red Hook, Dumbo, the Navy Yard, and the Williamsburg waterfront — but the local councilman has said the plan was a non-starter because it would result in jacked-up rents in Sunset Park.

Officials released a sketch of the proposed route in November and are making their rounds to community boards asking for input on specific streets it is considering.

The city may close some roads to car traffic altogether and it may also build new bridges to accommodate the trolley.

The upcoming meeting will feature a presentation from Adam Giambrone — a rail advocate and former Toronto politician that the city’s Economic Development Corporation hired to head the streetcar system’s design.

A draft of the paths will be released in early 2017 followed by a public-approval process. Construction is slated to begin in 2019 and the city aims for the system to be up and running by 2024.

Streetcar meeting at Community Board 7 [4201 Fourth Ave. between 42nd and 43rd streets in Sunset Park, (718) 854–0003] Dec. 12 at 6:30 pm.

Reach reporter Caroline Spivack at or by calling (718) 260–2523. Follow her on Twitter @carolinespivack.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr. from BS, BK, NY, US says:
Meanwhile, the New York Daily News have just investigated and probed the connection between the BQX proposal and the donations Mayor Bill de Blasio had received from major real estate developers along the proposed route. How does this could impact the next year's mayoral election? Who knows?
Dec. 13, 2016, 9:15 am
best plan ever from Brooklyn says:
Never mind the hype on how the BQX came about. It was a wonder thing when it was a grass roots effort and still is even if it took money to move it forward.

Transportation starved areas will finally get the CLEAN transportation they need. No more crying about unreliable carbon spewing buses. This will be a dedicated service that has intersection priority over all free roving vehicles with tires.

Everyone will benefit, especially blue collar workers which include people in public housing that need to navigate the over-crowed system.

A new and better option for all!

(no nimby's please)
Dec. 13, 2016, 11:05 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Hearing that de Blasio will support this idea because the company behind this endorsed him wouldn't be a surprise especially when the wining candidates need to give something back to those who have given a lot to help them win their seat as part of a debt that they would owe them.
Dec. 13, 2016, 4:49 pm
Sid from Boreum hill says:
Natural gas powered buses are just as clean as the power plants where the electricity is produced to run these "pollution free" buses...except for the coal burning power plants upstate. Both hydro and the dreaded nuclear produce almost no carbon...
Dec. 13, 2016, 8:22 pm
Sid from Boreum hill says:
For about 25 million in capital costs you can have natural gas powered buses tomorrow. Bus rapid transit dedicated lanes easily expendable if the ridership is there. That is 1 percent of the cost of the b
Q x and it can start next week. How long before some pedestrian or cyclist is killed by the b q x....
Dec. 13, 2016, 8:32 pm
no way combustion from Sunset Park says:
Don't be fooled (or fools), natural gas buses are held to the same carbon emission standards as any other combustion engine - which is the same standard that's destroying the environment and giving cancer to the people living in it.

In fact, new regulations hold natural gas power plants to a lower standard than non-natural gas plants thus making natural gas the higher polluters. Nonetheless, it's a fossil fuel of which we need to eliminate.

More importantly, natural gas buses are far less efficient than streetcars and put their carbon spewing, hot air releasing exhaust in the heart of our communities and in our faces. Combustion engines are the main source of the concentrated carbon emission hot pockets trapped between the buildings in which we live.

Calling natural gas clean is like putting lipstick on a pig.

Time to progress to EV (Electric Vehicle) transport and alternative/sustainable energy to run them.

the more BQX the better!
Dec. 14, 2016, 7:24 am
Sid from Boerum hill says:
Even the deputy mayor agrees with me that this is too expensive for what you get.
Spend the 2.5 billion on the cross harbor tunnel and take half the trucks off the b q e. And the electric needs to be generated somewhere. It's not pollution free.
Dec. 14, 2016, 6:18 pm
SI guy from Staten Island says:
1. Just clean up the roads under the BQE and fix the traffic ptoblem already. All these electric cars will just make morning worst. But wait! Bill Diablo dont care about traffic or poor - middle class people. He just want to help his rich elite backers. 2. With billions of dollar make a subway line to Staten Island already. But wait! Billy D just want to make brooklyn housing pricing even higher. .... am sick of this mayor.
Dec. 17, 2016, 7:45 pm

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