Repairs that will put the G train out of service for several weekends over the next year are sure to become a commuter’s nightmare, but riders might have some good news in the wings as the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) announced the results of its Full Line Review of the G line.
The review, requested by the Riders Alliance and elected officials earlier this year, came back with recommendations of a 25 percent train increase at peak hours along with dozens of station improvements.
“Now G train riders will be en route to much-needed relief that may one day lead to the G meaning great,” said State Senator Daniel Squadron, standing in front of the subway entrance at Metropolitan and Union svenues. “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.”
In addition to more trains in the afternoons and evenings between 3 and 9 p.m., depending on funding, some of the proposed changes include a public announcement system at all 12 train stations along the line, station benches and operational repairs.
Squadron said the next step is to find funding for improvements, which could cost an estimated $700,000 a year, according to the report.
“The review itself is not a promise to make a change,” he explained. “What it does is points to changes that can be implemented in a realistic way. Some within the current budget and some required in additional budgets.”
He added that some of the more feasible changes that could come out of the plan include new benches and the installation of public announcement systems in stations that are lacking.
“These changes will affirm what so many G riders had pointed out over the last six months,” said State Senator Martin Dilan, who sits on the State Senate's Transportation Committee. “I applaud the MTA for a thorough assessment and for a plan of action that will almost immediately alleviate some of the difficulties riders have pointed out.”
Riders Alliance executive director John Raskin was an integral role in getting a review of the line, and plans to stay on top of the issue until his fellow riders see better service.
“The idea is to put PA systems into the upcoming MTA capital plan, which underscores the importance of fully funding an ambitious MTA capital plan for the next five years,” Raskin explained. “We need to make sure that the funding is there to make it happen.”
Tolani Adeboye, a Riders Alliance member, takes the G train every day, and recalled often standing idol as A and C trains would pass her by while waiting for her transfer.
“I’m so excited” Adeboye said. “For that to change is going to mean such a huge difference for me, my colleagues and my community.”