For decades Red Hook has been a land slightly apart from the rest of Brooklyn, thanks to the construction of the BQE. Last fall, though, it looked like Red Hook's isolation might soon have an end date, after the city got a federal grant for a five-month study of bringing back the Red Hook trolley. Those five months have passed?and it looks like rumors of the trolley's return have been greatly exaggerated.
Bringing the trolley back wouldn't do much to improve travel times, the study found. And the modest gain in ridership, according to NewYorkology, wouldn't be worth the $176 million cost to build the trolley or the $6.2 million to $7.2 million annual expense of operating it. But hey, carrier pigeons still go to Red Hook, right?
· Red Hook trolley plan hits the skids in feasibility study [NewYorkology]
· Red Hook Trolley coverage [Curbed]