After four years, there has been no real progress in securing federal funding for the proposed Brooklyn-Queens waterfront streetcar, or BQX.
In 2015, Friends of the BQX claimed it could be built for $1.7 billion. In 2016, the Economic Development Corporation said $2.5 billion. Today, the estimated cost is $2.7 billion.
It is doubtful the Federal Transit Administration will pay for up to 50 percent of the cost. Dreams of Amazon doing the same have come and gone since they canceled coming to Long Island City.
Without a billion or more from Washington, don't count on riding the BQX in your lifetime. Instead, the city should try running simple limited stop bus service along the same route.