With no new land left we need to rethink how we utilize the space we have left. Combining a new park with transit is a creative solution.
Residents along the corridor will have new options for getting around the city. Existing riders will have more service and a faster trip.
More transit means less need to drive and fewer cars means safer roads and less pollution.
By rebuilding the Rockaway Beach Branch right of way we have the potential to add 33 new acres of parks and protected bike paths.
The MTA Rockaway Beach Branch study found that over 47,000 riders would use the line a day if it was reactivated as a subway. But with the additional service added by extending the G, the QueensLink would help over 225,000 riders a day in Queens.
QueensLink has partnered with the transportation firm TEMS, Inc to produce a new report showing that the original MTA study cost estimate was inflated.
Our report shows that the actual costs of building the QueensLink are not $8 billion but a more reasonable $3.4-$3.7 billion.
Further, our report shows that the city, over the course of the lifetime of the line, would benefit greatly from this investment, including:
- up to 150,000 new jobs
- up to $13 billion increase in personal income
- up to $75 billion increase in property value
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