Here’s an idea that would have made The Warriors a much shorter film.
Transit think tank Regional Plan Association is reviving the idea of installing a commuter rail line called the Triboro that would run 24 miles between Co-Op City in the Bronx and Bay Ridge in Brooklyn. The hypothetical line would convert existing freight-only track into a dual usage line that allows for commuter service. Currently, the track is owned by shipping company CSX from Astoria to the Fresh Pond Rail Yard and by the Long Island Rail Road from Glendale to Brooklyn.
If the proposal was carried out, the RPA estimated a daily ridership of 100,000 people and a cost between $1 and $2 billion (quite a lot of wiggle room there...) It would serve communities including Hunts Point, Astoria, Jackson Heights, Woodside, Middle Village, Glendale, East New York and Flatbush.
The outer-borough route has been discussed periodically for the last 20 years, but with more people working in Downtown Brooklyn and other neighborhoods outside of Manhattan it may finally be gaining steam.
And no matter what, we’ll always have a Streetcar That May Transpire.