New York MTA secures $15 million RAISE grant for Interborough Express LRT

New York MTA secures $15 million RAISE grant for Interborough Express LRT Image credit: MTA

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $15 million to the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) from the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program to prepare a Corridor Profile Planning Assessment for the Interborough Express (IBX) project. 

The IBX is a high-capacity light rail transit (LRT) link that would provide a critical direct

public transit connection between the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens in New York City. The project piggybacks on light-rail tracks along an existing freight rail corridor, minimizing the amount of property the MTA would need to acquire in order to provide new transit service.

The Interborough Express, or IBX, has been expected to be the crown jewel of the MTA’s upcoming 2025-2029 capital budget, linking historically under-served neighborhoods to multiple subway lines.Passenger service along the 14-mile freight line would allow transfers to 17 subways and provide for rapid transit between Queens and south Brooklyn without the need to travel through Manhattan. The project is estimated to cost $6 billion total cost.

Source: MTA