Brooklyn lawmaker wants to resurrect Triboro rail line

The rail line would connect the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn

A decades-old plan to build
a rail line connecting the Bronx, Queens, and
Brooklyn
—without having to pass through the island of
Manhattan—has been resurfaced by a Brooklyn lawmaker.

As first reported by
City Limits
, state Assembly member Latrice Walker, who
represents Brownsville, introduced a bill last week to get the MTA
to conduct a feasibility study on the proposed Triboro
Line
, which would run 24 miles from Co-op City in the Bronx to
Bay Ridge in Brooklyn.

“I come from a neighborhood which has been subjected to
mediocre transit service for years—Whether it be lack of updated
infrastructure or a lack of accessibility residents in my community
are tired of second-rate service,” Assembly member Walker said in
a statement. “The Triboro plan is pertinent to my district
because we do have working class commuting Brooklynites that
shouldn’t have to pay two fares to work in Co-op city or
Astoria.”

The plan by nonprofit Regional Plan Association (RPA),
originally proposed in the 1990s, suggests using underutilized or
abandoned rail rights-of-way (which are currently co-owned by
several organizations, including Amtrak, CSX, and Long Island Rail
Road), connecting with four commuter rail lines and 17 subway lines
along its route. It would add two dozen new stations and according
to RPA’s estimates, cost between $1 and $2 billion.


Courtesy of the Regional Plan Association (RPA)

“Transportation is the backbone of the region’s economy and
the region needs to invest in new projects to modernize and extend
regional rail networks in outer boroughs areas where transit is
lacking,” Kate Slevin, senior vice president of state programs
and advocacy at RPA, told Curbed in a statement.

Assembly member Walker’s bill calls for the MTA to explore the
use of the Triboro rail line as “co-mingled public transit and
freight line” and analyze the possible reduction of travel time
and “increase in quality of life for outer borough residents.”
The bill would also require the transportation authority to issue a
report with the study’s findings within a year after the piece of
legislation passes.

Source: FS – NYC Real Estate
Brooklyn lawmaker wants to resurrect Triboro rail line