Today’s news:

MTA seeks to increase trains on G line

The G train makes two stops in Long Island City.
TimesLedger Newspapers

The MTA says the G train needs more service and other improvements, including abolition of the G Train Sprint, a maneuver involving passengers running in pursuit of trains that stop far from where straphangers wait.

The transit agency, which examined the G at the request of two state senators, said more service and trains were needed at more even intervals.

The G train serves the fast-growing neighborhoods of Queens and Brooklyn and is the only regular numbered or lettered line not serving Manhattan.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said the cost of increasing service alone would cost about $700,000. It would be subject to approval by the MTA board, which meets next week.

The review of the G train was requested by Sens. Martin Dilan (D-Brooklyn) and Daniel Squadron (D-Brooklyn), who represent areas serviced by the G.

“The line is a vital connection for customers in fast-growing parts of our service area and this review will be an important tool for making both short-term improvements and long-term additions to our service,” said MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast. “We are pleased to be able to take these steps to improve service for all of our G train customers.”

Squadron hailed the MTA’s plans for the G.

“Now, G train riders will be en route to much-needed relief that may one day lead to the G meaning ‘great.’ 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,” Squadron said.

The MTA’s recommendations for improving G train service include:

• increasing G train service by 25 percent in the afternoon and evening, running more trains from about 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

• running trains at more even intervals rather than having some bunched together and some with long waits in-between

• adding public announcement systems at 12 G train at stations that now lack them

• making changes in train operations, like opening all doors earlier on trains waiting at Court Square so passengers can spread throughout the trains instead of bunching together near the one open door

Reach contributing writer Philip Newman by e-mail at timesledgernews@cnglocal.com or phone at 718-260-4536.

Pin It
Print this story Permalink

Reader Feedback

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not TimesLedger.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to TimesLedger.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

CNG: Community Newspaper Group