Mayor: Let’s Build a New Subway Line Through East Flatbush on Utica Avenue!

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    Mayor de Blasio will propose building a new subway line running under Utica Avenue in a speech today about sustainability, according a report in Capital New York. The avenue, currently served by the B46 bus, is “one of the densest areas in the city not directly served by the subway,” said a draft of the speech quoted by Capital New York.

    The B46 bus currently runs along Utica from Marine Park up through East Flatbush and then through east Bed Stuy on Malcolm X Boulevard to Williamsburg near Marcy Avenue and Broadway. A story in the Daily News said it’s all posturing and will never happen.

    Our take: Any new subway service through central Brooklyn and beyond is welcome, but seems unlikely to actually happen. The proposed Triboro RX line already has a right of way and would knit together the outer parts of Brooklyn from Sunset Park to East New York and connect to subway-starved parts of Queens and the Bronx. As the center of the city changes, the transportation system needs to adapt.

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