Transit experts to discuss proposed BQX streetcar with NY mayor

A panel of transit experts are expected to meet Tuesday night with Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration to discuss the proposed BQX streetcar. 



The city is in the early stages of planning a streetcar system that would connect Brooklyn and Queens along their waterfronts.



City officials say the project would cost about $2.5 billion to construct and $30 million per year to operate and maintain.



Some residents in the area are skeptical of the proposed project because of the cost and the traffic it might cause in the area. Others say it could be beneficial for the two boroughs.



"I think it would be something good for the neighborhood, and it draws more people from the outer city into the inner city," says Dennis Waring, of Bed-Stuy.



Experts from San Francisco, Budapest and Portland are expected to be at Tuesday night's meetings to discuss how streetcars have worked in their cities.


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