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Proposed 14-Mile Mass Transit Line Connecting Queens and Brooklyn Moves One Step Closer
Proposed 14-Mile Mass Transit Line Connecting Queens and Brooklyn Moves One Step Closer

Jan. 21, 2022 By Michael Dorgan

The state’s plan to connect Queens and Brooklyn via a mass transit line has taken a major step forward with the release of a new feasibility study.

The study, announced by Gov. Kathy Hochul and the MTA Thursday, assessed the possibility of converting an existing 14-mile freight line — running from Jackson Heights to Sunset Park — into a commuter railway or bus line.

The yearlong study deemed the project feasible and in high demand. It was commissioned in 2020 and carried out by MTA consultants.

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Half of Bail Reform Release Program Participants Rearrested, State Stats Show

City Hall expanded supervised release to create an alternative to Rikers Island and ensure defendants show up for trial. The number being rearrested far exceeds projections.

High-flight-risk criminal defendants are being rearrested on felony charges at a much higher rate than city officials projected after being freed without bail under an alternative-to-jail program, newly released state stats show.