How would the BQX improve your life?
“It would make traveling around the borough more accessible for people. When I lived in Brooklyn, a great deal of time spent was wondering how I’d get around. There’s only one option to travel north to south: the G train. Adding more public transit options, especially along the waterfront, is definitely necessary.
“If I’m at work in DUMBO and want to go to an event at the Navy Yard, I would have to take a cab. If I wanted to go to Williamsburg or Greenpoint, the best option is to take the ferry, which has a limited operating schedule. Although I love the ferry taking it in the middle of January isn’t pleasant. The BQX will allow people along the waterfront to get to and from with much greater ease, flexibility, and convenience.”
What does a typical day of commuting look like for you?
“Right now I live on the Upper East Side so I do the reverse commute where I travel to DUMBO from the Upper East. I used to live in Greenpoint and it was such a hassle commuting to DUMBO for work. If the BQX were operating today, it would be a straight shot!
“I was considering buying a bike because of the fact that there isn’t a direct route. But sometimes biking to work doesn’t make the most sense as a professional when you have to 1) meet with clients, or 2) go to vendors where you can’t look like a sweaty slob!”
“The BQX will allow people along the waterfront to get to and from with much greater ease, flexibility, and convenience.”
Do you think the BQX will equalize the playing field and give more people opportunity for transit?
“Absolutely! I remember when I was looking at apartments in Greenpoint and there were certain points north of Greenpoint Ave where your only option is to walk 15 minutes to the Greenpoint Ave stop or another 20 minutes to go over the Pulaski Bridge and catch the 7 train.
“The BQX a great option all around. You can go all the way down to Red Hook. I love going to Red Hook but it’s just so impossible to get to, and the buses aren’t a preferred option for me for a lot of reasons. I think the streetcar is positive opportunity and will people commute to and from Queens more easily. I know Long Island City is a booming neighborhood and people are just now starting to spillover from Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Having the BQX will provide more accessibility to LIC and Astoria, which have a lot of cool things going on.”
What do you say to people who are against the BQX?
“We need a lot of transportation options and different means to get around, especially in Brooklyn and Queens. The subway system was developed many, many years ago and the population has been growing so rapidly that the city is having difficulty keeping up. If there are other available options that could be beneficial to the entire community and those who live here, we should be thinking about all and any solutions.”
“Having the BQX will provide more accessibility to LIC and Astoria, which have a lot of cool things going on.”
Where would you go when the BQX is finished?
“Red Hook so I can go to the pool and the Latin American food trucks and the soccer field down there. There’s this amazing public pool that not a lot of people go to. And, of course, the winery on the water!”
– Katie H., Upper East Side