File #: Res 0109-2022    Version: * Name: Supporting the continued exploration and feasibility evaluation of the proposed Interborough Express.
Type: Resolution Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
On agenda: 4/14/2022
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution supporting the continued exploration and feasibility evaluation of the proposed Interborough Express.
Sponsors: Selvena N. Brooks-Powers, Tiffany Cabán, Shahana K. Hanif, Erik D. Bottcher, Shekar Krishnan, Mercedes Narcisse, Amanda Farías, Marjorie Velázquez, Robert F. Holden, Lynn C. Schulman, James F. Gennaro, Kristin Richardson Jordan, Julie Won, Althea V. Stevens, Charles Barron, Chi A. Ossé, Kevin C. Riley, Lincoln Restler, Jennifer Gutiérrez, Ari Kagan, Carlina Rivera , Sandy Nurse
Council Member Sponsors: 22
Attachments: 1. Res. No. 109, 2. April 14, 2022 - Stated Meeting Agenda, 3. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 4-14-22

Res. No. 109

 

Resolution supporting the continued exploration and feasibility evaluation of the proposed Interborough Express.

 

By Council Members Brooks-Powers, Cabán, Hanif, Bottcher, Krishnan, Narcisse, Farías, Velázquez, Holden, Schulman, Gennaro, Richardson Jordan, Won, Stevens, Barron, Ossé, Riley, Restler, Gutiérrez, Kagan, Rivera and Nurse

 

Whereas, Access to close, affordable and effective transportation can have important impacts on a person’s health, social and economic statuses; and

Whereas, Despite New York City’s reputation for having a robust public transit system, there are still many ‘transit desert’ areas in the city that lack adequate transportation options, as well as a lack of efficient direct routes between the outer boroughs; and

Whereas, One transit proposal that is currently being considered by the New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to connect underserved transit areas of Brooklyn and Queens is the Interborough Express (IBX); and 

Whereas, The proposed IBX project would be built along the 14-mile freight line that runs from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn to Jackson Heights, Queens; and 

Whereas, Once completed, the IBX would create a new transit option for approximately 900,000 residents living in the neighborhoods along the route plus an additional 260,000 people who work in the two boroughs; and 

Whereas, The proposed IBX project would cut down on travel times between the two boroughs, reduce congestion, and expand economic opportunities for the people who live and work in the surrounding neighborhoods; and 

Whereas, The current plan has the IBX connecting to 17 subway lines and to the MTA’s Long Island Rail Road; and

Whereas, In January 2022, the MTA released the IBX Feasibility Study and Alternatives Analysis, which evaluated several modes of transportation along the planned corridor. The study identified three potential alternative transit methods for the IBX: Conventional Rail; Light Rail Transit; or Bus Rapid Transit; and

Whereas, Each alternative would follow the 14-mile corridor with the Conventional Rail and Light Rail Transit trains running every five minutes during peak frequency while the Bus Rapid Transit would run every 2.5 minutes; and

                     Whereas, With the Feasibility Study and Alternatives Analysis complete, the next step for the project would be for the MTA to conduct the environmental review process to evaluate the feasibility of the three potential alternatives for the IBX and to seek input from community members, elected officials and other stakeholders; and

                       Whereas, During her 2022 State of the State address, Governor Kathy Hochul indicated her intention to move forward with the expansion of the IBX and directed the MTA to begin its environmental review process; now, therefore, be it

                     Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York, supports the continued exploration and feasibility evaluation of the proposed Interborough Express. 

 

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4/4/2022