The city has put a plan to restore an old trolley track back on-line. The service would run from the Red Hook waterfront to Atlantic Avenue.
The Department of Transportation is tapping into a $295,000 federal grant secured in 2005 to study the possibility of returning a light rail system to Brooklyn streets.
Since the demise of the street trolleys and creation of the BQE, the Red Hook neighborhood has remained virtually cut-off from the city’s vast mass transit system.
President of the Brooklyn Historic Railway Association, Bob Diamond, seems to have sparked renewed interest in the project. Earlier this month, Diamond announced to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle that he was canceling his wildly popular underground tour of an abandoned LIRR tunnel he discovered in 1980 and leaving the city. The announcement led to an outpouring of emails and letters to Borough President Marty Markowitz’s office from fans of the tour.
To find out more about the proposed plan, the old abandoned tunnels, or the history of light rail in Brooklyn, visit The Brooklyn Historic Railway Association (BHRA) website at www.brooklynrail.net
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