The question now on everyone’s mind is whether or not the money can actually be found to implement the suggested improvements.
The report acknowledged there is a need for additional service with suggestions for 25 percent train increases at peak hours, better-scheduled train intervals to eliminate congestion and more benches, to name a few of the findings. However, the funding for the project is still a contingency.
As state senators Daniel Squadron and Martin Dilan hailed the new proposals with members of the Riders Alliance this week in front of the Metropolitan subway station in Williamsburg, it became apparent that one of the few things that is a definite was there are still many problems with the line.
It also seemed as though one of the few funding probables will be new benches and an upgraded public service announcement system. While that is great, it seems as though finding the funds to run more trains is a bit thornier, even though that is the issue riders have fought for the most.
The MTA Board is scheduled vote on the issue at their next meeting on July 24, but will they adhere to their own suggestions?
The city needs to establish an independent agency to take control of its own transit system. If an independent group, made up of people who hopefully use public transportation every day, were making the decisions the G Train would have been on schedule years ago.