Gallery: NYC DOT Rejects Plan for Brooklyn Streetcar Line

Despite Mayor Bloomberg’s promise of a streetcar pilot during his most recent campaign, it won’t be happening in Brooklyn — at least not any time soon. The Department of Transportation (DOT) has decided not to support the pilot after concluding a five-month feasibility study. The focus of the study was Red Hook, Brooklyn, but also included a much larger area along the borough’s waterfront to determine how to better connect the area to the city’s extensive bus and subway system. As we mentioned last year at this time, 22 US cities were considering streetcar lines as a mode of sustainable public transportation. With national popularity and community support, the vote against the project comes as a surprise.

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  1. BobD April 20, 2011 at 10:13 pm
    There are some major facts about streetcar projects that NYC DOT doesn't want you to know: What this "massaged" report doesn't say, is that while it costs $41 per hour to run a streetcar, it costs NYCT $160 per hour to operate a bus. What the report doesn't tell you, is that according to URS's own experience in Portland, OR, it really costs $12 million per mile to build the streetcar line, not $26 million per mile as URS now claims. What DOT DID say in an email last Dec, is that URS and DOT project a 43% increase in Transit Demand in Red Hook. Another thing they don't want you to know, is a new streetcar costs about $800,000. DOT wants you to think its over $7 million per car.Finally, the ultimate key fact that DOT doesn't want you to know, is that a 2 mile start up line could be built for under $33 million, with $25 million coming from a special FTA grant for new streetcar projects, called a "TIGER Grant".