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nypost | Monday November 12, 2017
A first look at the Brooklyn-Queens Connector
Well, this sure puts those old Brooklyn trolley cars to shame. The Post got a first look Sunday at what could become the new mode of transportation between Brooklyn and Queens, the Citadis 405 prototype, which was built by the French company Alstom and shipped here from Nice. The Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector — a developer-funded group that’s partnered with the de Blasio administration on the BQX plan — said the tram will give New Yorkers new transit options that are run independently of the cash-strapped MTA. A few features on the prototype, currently housed in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, should look familiar to MTA straphangers. For one thing, the 46-foot-long Citadis has an articulated joint in the middle (pictured), similar to the city’s Select buses. And the cars, which include 23 seats, also feature leaning cushions, not unlike the folding seats in the MTA’s new “standing cars.” But people with mobility issues won’t have to struggle with climbing up or down flights of subway stairs before boarding — the tram’s doors will be just 12.8 inches off street level, according to Liu. “Whether you’re in a wheelchair, in a walker, dealing with strollers … you can be accommodated,” she said. The city is still determining whether...Read more