Student Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

Spring 5-18-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

B.S. with honors

Honors Designation


Program of Study

Other/Not Listed



First Advisor

Hilary Botein


Over the years, planners have considered numerous proposals to expand the subway system further into Southeast Brooklyn including the Utica Avenue Line and the Interborough Express. It remains to be seen whether any of these megaprojects will come to fruition. This honors thesis analyzes the equity impact that Brooklyn’s largest transit desert has had upon its inhabitants. I use an interdisciplinary approach to analyze both qualitative and quantitative data to explain why the subway does not extend into the focus area, how residents have adapted to the status quo, and what policymakers can do to improve transit equity in Southeast Brooklyn. I argue that New York City has failed to provide effective public transit service in the focus area, resulting in a large transit desert and significant socioeconomic inequity.


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