A city-commissioned study of the proposal, which the city shared with POLITICO New York, fleshes out the projected travel habits of the communities through which the line would run, bolstering de Blasio’s argument that the $2.5 billion streetcar is theoretically doable, and underscoring some of the challenges ahead.
According to that study of the proposal — which originated in the real estate community — the administration projects 193 Red Hook residents would use the BQX daily to commute to DUMBO. Twenty-six would take a trip in the opposite direction.
Using projections based on 2013 data, the report also predicts that Astoria would send 51 commuters a day to DUMBO, and receive none in return. It is in Astoria, the streetcar's northern terminus, where the de Blasio administration will begin to seriously engage community members about its streetcar plan.
At the Variety Boys and Girls Club on 30th Road on May 9, city officials will lead the first of three-months worth of “visioning sessions” for people who live along the proposed streetcar’s route, which would run up to 17 miles from Astoria to Sunset Park at a pace of roughly 10.5 miles per hour during peak hours.
Wouldn't it be better to spend $2.5M to improve current bus service than to build a streetcar line that hardly anyone will use?