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Staten Island Tunnel

The Staten Island Tunnel is an abandoned, incomplete subway tunnel that was intended to connect railways on Staten Island (precursors to the modern-day Staten Island Railway) to the BMT Fourth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway, in Brooklyn.


Construction began in 1923, but New York City Mayor John Hylan, a former BMT employee, canceled the project, and the tunnel only went 150 feet (45m) into The Narrows before it was halted. The tunnel lies dormant under Owl's Head Park in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.[1] Later proposals to complete the tunnel, including the 1939 plans for the ambitious IND Second System, were never funded.

Modern proposals for completion of the tunnel have come from New York City Councilman Lewis Fidler who has proposed a one-third of one percent tax for the tri-state region to pay for the construction.[2] The tunnel is one of many projects that could compete for $3 billion of federal funds that were to have been allocated to the ARC tunnel, which was canceled in October 2010.

State Senator Diane Savino, whose district includes parts of Staten Island and Brooklyn, supports such a plan; "The MTA should complete a 1912 plan that would have rail and freight access from the terminus of Victory Boulevard to Brooklyn, along 67th Street, and or then utilize the R train route along Fourth Avenue south of the Bay Ridge - 95 Street Station. The projected cost of the plan is $3 billion, the same as a proposed extension of the Flushing line under the Hudson River."[3]

Supporters argue that a rail tunnel would improve quality of life for Staten Islanders, reduce traffic, and increase the attractiveness of the borough for investment.[4]

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Coordinates: 40°38′26″N 74°02′08″W / 40.64061°N 74.035642°W / 40.64061; -74.035642

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