The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) heeded calls from the community to conduct a full line review of the train and have released data in support to study, showing the line has grown more than any other train in the city. The push was initiated by Riders Alliance, a grassroots organization fighting for better transit throughout the city.
According to data gathered by the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), the train service grew by 4.2 percent per average weekday last year over 2011, transporting over 2,000 more riders. The 15 St. Prospect Park G train saw the highest ridership change in 2012, up 27.4 percent on weekdays and 40 percent on weekends.
“The MTA’s new numbers show what G train riders already know,” said Riders Alliance executive director John Raskin. “These trains are overcrowded and we need to run more of them.”
Raskin has actively pushed for a full line review of the train since January.
“We are asking the MTA to consider these record ridership numbers and add more trains to accommodate all the new riders crowing their way onto the G,” he said.
State Senator Daniel Squadron has supported the Riders Alliance efforts since they first met at the Metropolitan G station in Williamsburg earlier this year.
“The MTA agreed to a full line review, providing a real opportunity to improve and increase G train service so that it keeps up with growing ridership,” Squadron said, applauding the MTA for their acknowledgement of the problem.
“Working together in the past, we’ve made dramatic improvements through the system, including the first-of-their-kind full line reviews that led to better F and L train service,” Squadron added.
Riders Alliance member Annemarie Caruso lives near the Nassau Avenue G train stop and takes the train to Court Square in LIC on her daily commute to midtown for work.
“Day after day I make my way down a crowded platform and squeeze into an even more crowded train,” Caruso said. “Service is not frequent enough to say to myself, ‘Oh, I’ll just wait for the next one.’ The next one could be 12 minutes away.”
Caruso, like the thousands of other daily commuters along the G line, is hopeful the new findings will push the MTA to take action.
“I love my fellow Brooklynites, but I am tired of spending my mornings pressed up against them,” she said.