Why New York advocates revive push for Triboro rail line

A New York advocacy group has revived its far-reaching — some say far-fetched — proposal to establish a 24-mile rail line to serve Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx using existing rail tracks it would share with freight lines.

The state-run Metropolitan Transportation Authority, after lobbying by the think tank Regional Plan Association, said it would fund a study of the light-rail, above-ground line that would connect the Brooklyn Army Terminal in the borough’s southern portion with Co-Op City in the Bronx.

A bill filed by state Assemblywoman Latrice Walker, D-Brooklyn, directed the study. The line would involve 22 stops and connect with 17 subway lines, four commuter railroad lines and dozens of bus lines.

“Despite the improvements in our system, the commutes for outer borough residents are getting longer, and they already had long commutes to begin with,” Vanessa Barrios, an RPA senior associate for state programs and advocacy, said at an Oct. 28 public meeting at the Brooklyn Historical Society.

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