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I was curious why not a BRT. It seems like it would accomplish the same goal but be cheaper and more flexible. On the BQX website, their answer for "Why not a bus?" is mainly not technical but about working around bureaucracy:

"Bus lines can’t attract value based financing or more employers and jobs to the corridor. An urban light rail requires tracks and more permanent infrastructure, and will generate more investment and value since unlike a bus line, it can’t be easily rerouted or canceled."

"Buses are run by the MTA. Even if a bus line made sense for this corridor, the city would not be able to add one without funding and approval from the MTA. The BQX can be done by New York City alone, without the complications and political issues that comes from projects requiring coordination among city, state, or federal agencies."




> An urban light rail requires tracks and more permanent infrastructure, and will generate more investment and value

FTFY:

An urban light rail requires tracks and more permanent infrastructure, and will generate more investment and value for real estate insiders and friends of the admininistration.

See the movie "Chinatown".




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