All Bob Diamond had to do was threaten to quit his popular Atlantic Tunnel tours and magically his dream of a Red Hook to Atlantic Avenue trolley line is brought back to life. Coincidence? Maybe. Super-fantastic? You bet.
Diamond began his quest for the trolley back in 1989. Rep. Nydia Velasquez scored a $295k federal grant in 2005 to fund a study. But that effort was stalled in a little web called the DOT who wanted Diamond to find a way to pay for the trolley project himself. Now according to a report in the NY Post the city has hired consultants to field the study for the project that Diamond believes will cost between $10 – $15 million.
Forgotten NY has a little more history and some great photos here.
NY Post: The study will include community meetings and a technical analysis of the area’s needs and demographics as well as determine how it would affect vehicle traffic on city streets where the line would run.
Nearly a decade ago, Diamond’s BHRA proposed a trolley route running from existing tracks at the Van Brunt Street waterfront, north up Richards Street and then along Columbia Street, before hitting the park at Atlantic Avenue and then heading east to Borough Hall.
Advocates say light-rail lines are much cheaper and quicker to build than subway lines and use far less energy. They run on existing streets, normally without the need to eliminate parking spots.