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Interborough Express

Managing Agency: MTA-NYC Transit
Location:
Bay Ridge Connector + CSX-owned Fremont Secondary rail lines (14-mile freight line that extends from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, to Jackson Heights, Queens)
Project Description: The Interborough Express is a transformative rapid transit project that would connect currently underserved areas of Brooklyn and Queens. 
Status:
Under public review

May 19 Public Hearing: On Thursday, May 19 at 6 p.m., the MTA will hold a virtual meeting on plans for the Interborough Express. Click here to read Public Hearing notice. Attendees will get an overview of the project and will be able to ask questions. You can also provide comments before the meeting. Learn more and submit comments or questions.

About this 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.

For additional information, please review the MTA Feasibility Study for the Interborough Express

Project benefits:

  • A direct public transit option between Brooklyn and Queens
  • Connections with up to 17 subway lines and Long Island Rail 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