Brooklyn-Queens Connector (BQX)

Last Updated February 08, 2017

Connecting over 400,000 residents to major job hubs from Sunset Park to Astoria, Brooklyn-Queens Connector (BQX) has the potential to generate over $25 billion in economic impact to our city over the next 30 years. 

Overview

At the 2016 State of the City, Mayor de Blasio charged NYCEDC and the Department of Transportation (DOT) to launch a comprehensive, federally compliant alternatives analysis study for the Brooklyn-Queens Connector (BQX), which has the potential to serve 405,000 residents and 296,000 people that work along the Sunset Park to Astoria corridor. The service will further the Mayor's goals of:

  • Providing affordable and convenient transit for communities with limited transportation options;
  • Supporting growing neighborhoods;
  • Increasing access to quality jobs (OneNYC);
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 (80x50 Priority); and
  • Calming traffic (Vision Zero).

Project Highlights

  • BQX could serve as many as 50,000 daily travelers at full build-out (a full ridership analysis is part of the ongoing study)
  • Connectivity of a 16-mile corridor comprised of 405,000 residents and 296,000 workers

  • Innovation job hubs in Long Island City, Brooklyn Navy Yard, the Brooklyn Army Terminal, Cornell Tech and the maritime working waterfront

  • Over $25 billion in economic impact to New York City over the next 30 years

Route Study Area

Community Outreach & Engagement

We want this to be a truly community-driven process, and NYCEDC and DOT have been engaging directly with New Yorkers to hear their ideas on how to make BQX work even better for their neighborhoods. We continue to work with Community Boards, local community-based organizations, and residents up and down the corridor to better understand travel patterns and discuss how to best integrate new transit onto city streets.

In Summer 2016, NYCEDC and DOT held seven community visioning sessions attended by over 500 residents of Astoria, Long Island City, Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Red Hook, Sunset Park and other communities. At these sessions, we presented an overview of the project and guided residents through two small, interactive group activities to gather information on how residents use transit along the corridor, as well as gather ideas for how the streetcar could interact with the streetscape.

In January 2017, BQX Director Adam Giambrone hosted a live telephone town hall attended by more than 2,200 New Yorkers. He shared information about the project and answered questions from the audience.


Milestones

NYCEDC and DOT are working diligently on the BQX, and progress has been made in several key areas over the last year. We have completed a rapid assessment, and have embarked on a comprehensive feasibility study and alternatives analysis to support the implementation of the 16-mile BQX corridor.

Components of the NYCEDC-DOT study include:

  • Safety
  • Underground Infrastructure
  • Bridge Crossings
  • Street Operations (e.g. snow plowing, garbage collection, street cleaning)
  • Maintenance and Support Facilities
  • Resiliency to the effects of climate change

Current Schedule:

February 2016 -
Spring 2017

Alternatives Analysis Study

February 2016 - 
Winter 2016

Initial Engagement of Elected Officials, Community Boards, and Community Stakeholders

Timeline:

2016

Commence Detailed Planning & Community Engagement 

2017

Initiate Public Approvals Process

2018

Initiate Design

2019

Contractor/Operator Selection & Groundbreaking

2024

Service Launch

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