The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) is making up for lost time in light of the fast approaching five-week G train shutdown.
On Monday the MTA announced that it would increase service on the line by 25 percent in the afternoons and in the evenings during rush hour starting the same day.
The increased service will benefit the more than 125,000 people who use the train on an average weekday, according to the MTA.
At a community meeting held at the Polish and Slavic Center in April regarding the G Train closure, several members in the audience had voiced their displeasure about the infrequency of the train. At the time, MTA officials assured those present their research and study had shown that the service was adequate.
Local electeds led by State Senators Daniel Squadron and Martin Malave Dilan insisted that the MTA conduct a review, and those efforts have finally borne fruit.
“Today the G rarely means the beginning of a great ride,” said Squadron. “These improvements will help commutes on this important line—and hopefully make lives a little easier for the riders who depend on it.”
Increasing service is one of the needs identified in a full review of the line. Some of the solutions generated from last year’s review included having the four-car train stop at the same spot on the platform each time, to have announcements at 12 of the stops along the line, and running morning trains at equally distributed intervals.
Commuters too are breathing a sigh of relief due to the announcement.
“Riders who have to suffer through crowded trains and irregular G train service finally get some relief,” said Alexis Saba, a Riders Alliance member who lives off of the Metropolitan Avenue G train “This win shows that when riders speak up, the MTA will listen!”
The G Train will remain closed for repairs July 26 through September 1st between Nassau Avenue in Greenpoint and Court Square in Long Island City.