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MTA to Hold Second Virtual Public Town Hall Meeting on the Interborough Express

Updated September 9, 2022 5:15 p.m.

Meeting to Be Held Online on Evening of Thursday, Sept. 22 at 6:00 p.m. 

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced it will hold a second virtual public town hall on plans for the Interborough Express, linking Brooklyn and Queens using an existing 14-mile right-of-way alongside existing freight railroad tracks.

The project would be built along an underused rail line that connects Brooklyn and Queens composed of two parts, the MTA-owned Bay Ridge Connector freight line and CSX-owned Fremont Secondary, a 14-mile freight line that extends from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, to Jackson Heights, Queens. 

Since the last meeting held in the spring of 2022, MTA Construction & Development has been hard at work advancing the alternatives analysis, further exploring the engineering and operational constraints with each of the three modes under consideration and incorporating the public feedback received along the way. The three modes under consideration are bus rapid transit, light rail, or conventional heavy commuter-style rail. This town hall will provide an update on the planning process and what factors are under consideration as the project moves closer to selecting a Locally Preferred Alternative later in the fall.

Members of the public will be provided a general overview of the project and an opportunity to ask subject matter experts questions.

THURSDAY, Sept. 22 at 6:00 p.m.

Livestream feed will be available via Zoom at: 
Passcode: 39VRJ!?z+W

Via YouTube at: https://youtu.be/DXX8hT_vjYM

Members of the public can listen to the hearing by calling the Zoom webinar at 1-877-853-5247 (toll-free). Then enter Webinar ID 881 5225 1986 followed by the pound (#) sign. 

Members of the public who wish to ask questions are encouraged to register for the webinar meeting via the project website. Questions can also be submitted in advance at this link: https://mta-nyc.custhelp.com/app/interborough-express

ASL/CART and Spanish language services will be provided. 

For more information on additional ways to comment, request information, or to view a copy of the Complete MTA Program of Projects, the public is encouraged to visit the project website.

CONTACT: MTA Press Office, (212) 878-7440