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Interborough Express

The Interborough Express is a transformative rapid transit project that would connect currently underserved areas of Brooklyn and Queens.
Updated May 18, 2022
An abandoned rail line surrounded by trees

Details

  • Location
    Brooklyn, Queens
  • Type
    System Expansion
  • Status
    Planning

Area Map

40.657723733131, -73.8797521

Timeline

Pre-Planning
  • January 2022: Gov. Kathy Hochul directs the MTA to begin the environmental review process for the project.

We want to hear from you!

We will hold a virtual public meeting on Thursday, May 19 to provide information and answer questions about the Interborough Express. See below for details, call-in information, and more.

About the project

The Interborough Express is a transformative rapid transit project that would connect currently underserved areas of Brooklyn and Queens. It would substantially 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.

The project would be built along the existing Bay Ridge Connector and and CSX-owned Fremont Secondary, a 14-mile freight line that extends from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, to Jackson Heights, Queens. It would create a new transit option for close to 900,000 residents of the neighborhoods along the route, along with 260,000 people who work in Brooklyn and Queens. It would connect with up to 17 different subway lines, as well as Long Island Rail Road, with end-to-end travel times anticipated at around 40 minutes. Its projected initial ridership would be 74,000 to 88,000 weekday riders. 

Using the existing rail infrastructure means the Interborough Express could be built more quickly, regardless of the mode of transit chosen for the project. It would also preserve the Bay Ridge Connector’s use as a freight line, providing an opportunity to connect to the Port Authority’s Cross-Harbor Freight Project.

Project benefits

  • A direct public transit option between Brooklyn and Queens

  • Connections with up to 17 subway lines and Long IslandRail Road

  • A faster commute — end-to-end rides are expected to take 40 minutes

  • A new transit option in underserved locations where more than a third of residents are below the federal poverty line

A map of the proposed Interborough Express route

Upcoming public meeting

We will hold a virtual public town hall meeting on May 19 at 6 p.m. on plans for an Interborough Express service linking Brooklyn and Queens using land along existing freight railroad infrastructure.

Members of the public will hear an overview of the project and have the opportunity to ask questions of subject matter experts.

We’re interested in hearing your thoughts on:

Where possible IBX stations should be locatedWhich mode (Bus Rapid Transit, Light Rail or Conventional Rail) you think works best, and why. 

Zoom Link: https://mta.zoom.us/j/81961952299?pwd=WEFXUVRLRTg0QWc2RTZmekUwNksrZz09
Passcode: Ad8&5vTj#G

Telephone: 929-436-2866

Webinar ID: 819 6195 2299
Passcode: 4465129343

Alternate: 646-518-9805

      877-853-5247 (Toll Free)

You can also submit questions and comments in advance.

Next steps

In January 2022, Gov. Kathy Hochul directed the MTA to begin the environmental review process for the Interborough Express, and identify the best mode of transit for the project (heavy rail, light rail, or bus rapid transit).

To that end, we will seek input from community members, elected officials, and other stakeholders to determine the best mode of transit for the project. Then, we will begin the state and federal environmental review process.

Gov. Hochul has also directed the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to complete an environmental review for a cross-freight rail tunnel, which could potentially link with the Bay Ridge Connector freight line.