Great steps forward for the G train

Great steps forward for the G train

If you’re like me, you’ve often had to make the “G train shuffle,” sometimes with your kids or packages in tow. Because G trains are shorter than the platform, and stop in different locations, somehow I’m never in the right place when the train arrives.

Thanks to smart advocacy and hard work by advocates and elected officials, the “G train shuffle” will soon come to an end. And we’ll see other much-needed improvements to the G (aka the “Brooklyn Local”) as well.

The MTA has completed a comprehensive review of the G subway line and suggested changes to enhance service. This includes making sure the trains stop at consistent places on the platform, and installing better signs so we won’t have to guess. The review also proposes increasing G train service between 3pm and 9pm and having the trains arrive more regularly to reduce crowding.

Special thanks for setting these G train improvements in motion goes to the Riders Alliance (a great new membership organization of subway and bus riders in New York City, dedicated to winning better transit), and to New York State Senators Daniel Squadron and Martin Dilan.

Most of these improvements won’t come right away. They will require funding. As ridership rapidly increases, we must work to make sure the MTA finds the funding needed to follow through with these changes.

We are also currently working with Riders Alliance to push the MTA for a better plan for both G and R train riders during the 14+ months that these trains will be undergoing construction to repair damage from Hurricane Sandy.

Let’s keep working towards a subway system which best serves our community.

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