This week Mayor Bill de Blasio revealed a proposal for a 16-mile streetcar line along the East River in Brooklyn and Queens, serving the growing commercial centers of the Brooklyn Navy Yard and Long Island City along with 45,000 public-housing residents within a short walk of the proposed route.
The streetcars would travel around 12 miles per hour with an average trip between Greenpoint and DUMBO lasting around 27 minutes, less time than current routes on buses and subways.
The system is expected to cost about $2.5 billion, much less than a new underground subway line would cost.
Within the current plan, construction would begin until 2019 and service wouldn’t begin until potentially 2024… but we’ll have flying cars by then anyway. Or at least a cool BK-QNS streetcar system!