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Here's Where the Streetcar Could Run in Fort Greene and Downtown Brooklyn

By Alexandra Leon | November 3, 2016 5:50pm

FORT GREENE — The mayor’s proposed BQX streetcar could take riders past the Brooklyn Navy Yard and under the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway as it makes it way from Astoria to Sunset Park, according to a proposal put out by the city Tuesday night.

Under the proposal, the Brooklyn-Queens Connector would travel down Clinton Avenue, Park Avenue, Flushing Avenue, Navy Street and Ashland Place in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill area, the Department of Transportation said.

From there, the BQX would ride into DUMBO from Gold Street, onto York Street or Front Street, and then into Brooklyn Heights via Cadman Plaza, the proposal shows.

Alternatively, the BQX could roll into Downtown Brooklyn through Tillary or Willoughby streets.

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The DOT outlined several pros and cons for each proposed route.

A route near the Brooklyn Navy Yard would provide access to transportation in a growing job center and offers the fastest connection to Downtown Brooklyn, according to the DOT.

A route on Park Avenue would be convenient for commuters who live nearby and would run under the BQE.

While turns are challenging on DUMBO streets, a route through the neighborhood would serve Brooklyn Bridge Park and a connection to the A, F and C trains.

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An elevated BQX route on Tillary Street would allow the streetcar to bypass challenging intersections, while a route on Willoughby Street would provide access to several subway lines, like the A, C, F, Q and R.

The DOT chose potential routes based on a series of community feedback sessions that were held this spring and summer. The agency also took into account factors like infrastructure, proximity to existing bus, ferry and train lines, and where traffic would be least impacted, according to the report.

The $2.5 billion project is slated to begin construction in 2019 and be completed by 2024.

The BQX would run along waterfront neighborhoods and stop at 30 stations about every half mile in Long Island City, Greenpoint, Williamsburg, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, DUMBO, Downtown Brooklyn, Cobble Hill and Red Hook.