John Foote: The Anatomy of New Public Transit: The Opportunities and Challenges of the Brooklyn Queens Express Streetcar

John Foote: The Anatomy of New Public Transit: The Opportunities and Challenges of the Brooklyn Queens Express (BQX) Streetcar

John Foote is a lecturer in the science, technology, and infrastructure concentration in the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs in the College of Human Ecology. He also is a research fellow at the Taubman Center for State and Local Government at the Harvard Kennedy School. Before turning to research and teaching, Foote was the cofounder of a transportation engineering company, Transcore, specializing in "intelligent transportation systems and services," such as electronic toll collection (1991–2004). He also has 15 years of experience in the public finance investment banking business both in the U.S. and Asia (1976–91). Foote holds a master of public administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (1976) and a B.S. in engineering from Cornell University (1974).

Abstract:

The Brooklyn Queens Connector (BQX) is a proposed $2.5 billion streetcar line that would operate on a north-south route along the East River between the boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn. The stated objectives of this transit investment are to provide mobility to underserved communities, connect hubs of technology and innovation, and provide relief to overcrowded transit lines and highways. Critics of the project contend that this is a very expensive transit option designed to provide a boost to real estate developers along the waterfront corridor. This talk will address the technical, economic, social, and political dimensions of the project.

Sponsored by the Russell Van Nest Black Lectureship Fund.