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Urban Design Team Proposes Outer Borough Light Rail

By Katherine Lavacca | June 27, 2017 6:41pm
 The proposal also includes green spaces and parks along the line with hopes of providing communal spaces and improving water management and health.
The proposal also includes green spaces and parks along the line with hopes of providing communal spaces and improving water management and health.
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QUEENS — As derailments and train delays bring the "summer of hell" into sharp focus, the Regional Plan Association and Rockefeller Foundation have come up with some long range solutions.

Four teams consisting of architects, urban planners and designers were awarded $45,000 from the RPA and Rockefeller to address community development and environmental protection in four different tri-state areas.

RPA's rail line proposal was brought to life by designers at Only If and One Architecture who developed a vision for what the area surrounding the project could look like if the train line is developed.

The proposal addresses transportation issues within the Triboro and city corridor areas by connects The Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn via light rail to alleviate train congestion plaguing Manhattan.

The 17-stop line would operate along an existing 25 mile long freight-train track, and connect to four other commuter lines.

The designers included green spaces and parks along the line with hopes of providing communal spaces and improving water management and health.

 

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The proposal also includes green spaces and parks along the line with hopes of providing communal spaces and improving water management and health. (Image Provided by RPA)

The plan is designed to eliminate time-consuming trips through Manhattan and provide easier transportation between outer boroughs.

All of the designs proposed will be on display at Fort Tilden at the beginning of August through September.