BQX: A Streetcar Vision for NYC
You'll learn about:
How to build organizational capacity within local government for new transit modes
How to build community consensus for transit projects
Technical tips on how streetcar can be integrated into congested urban streets
In February 2016, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the Brooklyn-Queens Connector (BQX), a streetcar proposal connecting neighborhoods along the growing waterfronts of Brooklyn and Queens. This announcement launched an extensive planning effort, managed jointly by the NYC Mayor’s Office, the New York City Economic Development Corporation, and the New York City Department of Transportation. The 16-mile corridor was presented as part of a value-capture mechanism, wherein increases in nearby property taxes would help to fund the construction of the transit line. The project team did not have a robust set of precedents for BQX: Most U.S. cities have implemented urban rail projects on markedly shorter corridors or with primarily off-street alignments, and New York City boasts a short history of utilizing value capture techniques and has not seen streetcar service since the 1940s. Representatives from the three key agencies will delve into how the project team has addressed three key issues—integrating high-quality transit on urban streets, project delivery and financing innovations, and building institutional capacity to implement a new transit mode in a growing urban environment.
, City of New York
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerAdam Giambrone is the Director of the Brooklyn Queens Connector (BQX) Streetcar project which is a 16 mile modern streetcar line projected to start operations in 2024 in Brooklyn and Queens to connect communities to better transit and support ongoing residential and commercial development. Adam has been involved in different elements of the transit sector for over 15 years. Before starting with the City of New York, Adam served as the President and Chair of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), Director of Studies and Innovation for Montreal's regional transit authority (AMT), Chief of Planning for Chatham Area Transit (Savannah), Deputy Director of Operations for a local bus garage in Khartoum (Sudan) and as the Executive Transit Adviser for the Milwaukee Streetcar Project. He holds and MBA from the University of Toronto and an EMBA from the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) that focused on transportation management.
Confirmed SpeakerSeth Ullman is Assistant Vice Present of Ports and Transportation at the New York City Economic Development Corporation.
Confirmed SpeakerAaron Sugiura is the Director of Transit Policy & Planning at the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT). He has worked at NYCDOT for 8 years on Select Bus Service, transit policy and other transit expansion projects. Prior to NYCDOT, he worked in transit consulting in New York City. Aaron is a graduate of the Master in City and Regional Planning program at the Rutgers Bloustein School.