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BQX director leaves for Canada, streetcar project’s future in limbo

September 20, 2018 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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The man Mayor Bill de Blasio hired to head his BQX Brooklyn-Queens waterfront light rail project will be leaving on Oct. 5 “to pursue a new opportunity in the transit space north of the border.” The departure of Adam Giambrone, who formerly chaired Toronto’s streetcar system, could be interpreted as yet another sign that the $2.7 billion BQX project is in trouble, according to Politico.

Giambrone “didn’t seem to be in the loop on major project decisions,” one source told Politico.  The de Blasio administration recently announced that the future of the project was dependent on federal funding, but state and city officials have repeatedly accused the Trump administration of shortchanging New York-based projects. The city Economic Development Corp. will continue to push for the proposed streetcar line, Politico reported.

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