NYC Mayor Plans Streetcar to Connect Brooklyn and Queens

NEW YORK (AP) -
In this map provided by the New York Mayor's Office, a proposed light rail system is shown running between Brooklyn and Queens. Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to propose the new streetcar system that would run for approximately 16 miles between the two boroughs. (New York Mayor's Office, Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector via AP)
In this map provided by the New York Mayor’s Office, a proposed light rail system is shown running between Brooklyn and Queens. Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to propose the new streetcar system that would run for approximately 16 miles between the two boroughs. (New York Mayor’s Office, Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector via AP)

Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to propose a new streetcar system that would connect Brooklyn and Queens.

The ambitious project would run for approximately 16 miles along the waterfront that stretches between the two boroughs.

That area has experienced rapid recent growth but has limited subway service.

Aides confirmed the plan Wednesday, a day ahead of the mayor unveiling the proposal during his annual State of the City address.

The streetcar line is estimated to cost $2.5 billion, less than a new subway line. It is one of de Blasio’s first major infrastructure proposals.

Construction on the new line is estimated to begin in 2019 and it would not be operational until 2024.

The streetcar proposal was first reported by The New York Times.