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City's Streetcar Plan to Get Public Scrutiny in Brooklyn This Month

 A local resident marks his
A local resident marks his "ideal" route for the BQX streetcar system on a map of Red Hook and surrounding neighborhoods at the neighborhood's visioning meeting on May 19. The city will host two more meetings in the borough next week.
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BROOKLYN — Brooklyn residents looking to comment on the city's proposed 16-mile streetcar system can attend one of two public meetings slated for next week. 

The first will be held on June 20 at St. Francis College, located at 182 Remsen St. in Brooklyn Heights. The second will occur the next day, on June 21, at Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, located at 552 59th St. in Sunset Park. Both meetings will begin at 6 p.m.

The community outreach and engagement sessions come about a month after Red Hook was asked to weigh in on the $2.5 billion Brooklyn-Queens streetcar plan that would connect waterfront neighborhoods in both boroughs.

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Though the exact route has not yet been announced, the system will stretch from Astoria to Sunset Park, while connecting neighborhoods like Long Island City, DUMBO and Downtown Brooklyn along the way.

The Economic Development Corporation and the Department of Transportation, which are hosting the meetings, are also scheduled to meet with locals in Long Island City this month.

During the Red Hook meeting, attendees were broken into small groups and asked to "imagine" the BQX in their neighborhood while mapping out their idea route. 

Most residents said the need for easy access to existing public transit, like subway stations, was crucial.

City officials have said that they plan to take the public's feedback into account for their preliminary report on the system.