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MTA increases G train service

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G train riders can expect an easier commute starting Monday after local lawmakers and transit advocates pushed for better service.

The MTA is boosting weekday service on the subway line, which connects Queens to Brooklyn, between 3 and 9 p.m. Trains will now operate every 8 minutes instead of every 10 minutes.

“This added service will address increased ridership and demand along a growing corridor between Brooklyn and Queens,” the transit agency said.

The MTA is also adding public announcement systems to 12 G train stations that currently do not have them, according to an agency spokesman.

The G train changes are the result of the MTA’s full-line review of the subway line that was requested by state Senators Daniel Squadron and Martin Malavé Dilan.

“Today the G rarely means the beginning of a great ride,” Squadron said. “These improvements will help commutes on this important line—and hopefully make lives a little easier for the riders who depend on it.”

Other G train changes expected as a result of the review include stopping the four-car train at the same place on the platform at all times, marking where on the platform the train will stop with clear signage and running morning trains at more evenly spaced intervals, according to the Riders Alliance, a grassroots organization of subway and bus riders, which made recommendations that were incorporated into the review.

John Blesso, a Riders Alliance member who lives off of the Broadway G train stop, said the implementations are “a solid first step by the MTA and hopefully many more will follow.”

“The G train is increasingly becoming a major artery for Brooklyn and Queens residents, and we need to make sure that service keeps up with ridership on the line.”



MTA makes recommendations to improve G train service

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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There could be relief at the end of the tunnel for frustrated G-train riders.

State Senators Daniel Squadron and Martin Malavé Dilan sent a letter to the MTA in January requesting a full-line review of the G train’s performance. In February, the transit agency agreed.

With the review completed, the MTA has made several  recommendations to improve commuters’ experiences.

Those include increasing G train service by 25 percent in the afternoon and evening, running trains at more even intervals, stopping the train at the same place on the platform at all times, clearly marking where on the platform the train will stop and rearranging “benches and other station elements so that riders wait at the right place for the train.”

Further recommendations call for adding public announcements at the 12 G-train stations that currently lack them and making changes to train operations such as letting trains wait “with all the doors open longer so that passengers can spread throughout the train instead of bunching together near the one open door,” according to Senators Squadron and Dilan.

“Now G-train riders will be en route to much-needed relief that may one day lead to the G meaning great,” Squadron said. “These recommendations will allow the G to keep pace with skyrocketing growth in Brooklyn and Queens — and make the notorious ‘G-train sprint’ a thing of the past. Increased frequency, shorter wait times and better communication will go a long way for many riders.”

The MTA said that increasing the frequency of the G train — which runs from LIC to Kensington, Brooklyn — in the afternoon and evening will be “contingent on identifying $700,000 in additional funding for that service.”



Pols call for review of ‘G’ train performance

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An important transit option for Queens and Brooklyn, local politicians are calling for the MTA to review the “G” line and its numerous service issues.

The train, which travels from Long Island City to Kensington, Brooklyn, and is the only subway line that doesn’t go through Manhattan, was extended recently to Church Avenue.

But that change didn’t remedy other issues, such as frequency of trains, communication with riders about service changes and disruptions, and the lack of free out-of system transfers.

These complaints were highlighted in a recent petition campaign by the Riders Alliance, and in a letter to the MTA’s interim president, Thomas Prendergast.

Sent by State Senators Daniel Squadron and Martin Malavé Dilan, the letter asked for a full performance review of the “G” line, as the MTA did with the “F” and “L” trains.

The request is also supported by over a dozen other politicians and transit advocates.

“Constant service disruptions, a lack of service change notifications and increased commuter expenses due to limited free transfers make clear that the MTA treats the G train like the ugly duckling of the MTA system,” said State Senator Michael Gianaris, who attended the Rally For a Better G Train held in Williamsburg yesterday. “It should provide commuters with direct, convenient access between Queens and Brooklyn, rather than forcing travel through Manhattan to get from one borough to the other.”

“The G Train is critical to residents and businesses throughout Brooklyn and a key connection for the growing number of workers commuting between Brooklyn and Queens. Everything possible should be done to ensure this important subway line keeps pace with the thriving communities it serves,” said Paul Steely White, executive director of Transportation Alternatives.