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De Blasio’s BQX trolley is not in his proposed budget

May 9, 2018 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Rendering courtesy of Friends of BQX
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Mayor Bill de Blasio didn’t put his proposed Brooklyn-Queens waterfront streetcar project in his budget proposal for the next fiscal year.

Crain’s New York reported that the city Economic Development Corporation did not allocate any funding for the project pending the outcome of a lengthy feasibility study, city officials said at a hearing on Monday.

“We are very close to being able to present results, but we are not quite there,” the corporation President James Patchett, said.

Problems with underground infrastructure along the proposed route has threatened to increase the original $2.5 billion cost by 40 percent, Crain’s reported.

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The cost overrun is no surprise, said Peter Bray, executive director of the Brooklyn Heights Association.

“We had a panel discussion last year February that raised serious questions about the reliability, feasibility and effectiveness of the project,” he told the Brooklyn Eagle. “I’m in no way surprised that the project appears to be dead in the water.”

He said the association has no official position on the bus-line-on-rails.

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