N.Y. Streetcar Backers Persist Amid Open Questions

Supporters call the streetcar line more cost-effective than, say, the $4.5 billion first phase of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Second Avenue subway line, which opened only four stations. They also cite existing outer-borough business clustering that reflects subway service of yesteryear. "It's something else that needs to be part of the mix here in New York," said Tom Wright, president of the Regional Plan Association, a transportation think tank that sponsored Tuesday's event.

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