As anyone who knows Brooklyn will tell you, all parts of Brooklyn are not covered by the current MTA routes. Yes there is ‘service’ to many locations, but even addresses which are covered by the MTA map are not fully serviced or there is considerable wait to get to a bus to get you to a train. One proposed solution for this is streetcars.
Recently, according to theColumbia Waterfront Neighborhood Associaton blog (1), the NYC DOT representative Chris Hrones hosted the first “Community Advisory Committee,” for the purposes of discussing the issue of streetcars. Numerous representatives of community groups and other government agencies who have been trying to get streetcars to Brooklyn were in attendance.
Strangely absent this meeting? The MTA. While it could be debated whether or not their absence speaks to their opinion of streetcars in Brooklyn, this fact was duly noted.
Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez obtained funding for the study.
This study will “include ridership demand projection,” based on things that are already known. Some of these facts include “data from other cities with streetcars, bus ridership data, and information from the Ikea shuttle.”
The study’s focus will include Downtown and Vinegar Hill but will zero in primarily on “service to/from Red Hook.” While walking through some of the more absent streets in Vinegar Hill I saw nary a bus across several hours of trekking; this study would be wise to include Vinegar Hill in their projections.
Of course intra-office politics and hand-wringing could kill this study before it’s even had the chance to do anything. But so is our gasping and heaving government and the daily battle to get anything done.