City and Regional Planning

Cross Rail Report

Spring 2014 Studio

In the Spring of 2014, the Regional Plan Association (RPA) sponsored a graduate planning studio to investigate the opportunity to re-purpose an underutilized right-of-way- the Bay Ridge Line and New York Connecting Railroad-as a mixed-use passenger and freight transit route through Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. The studio envisions that this route as a coordinated development and transit revitalization effort, dubbed the "Crossboro U". This project would catalyze new development and economic hubs along its transit corridor, and drive new commute patterns. The Crossboro U can act as a case study, a launching point for what a region-wide network of repurposed transit lines could become.