Closing Bell: Save the G Train Extension!


The effort to save the G train extension into Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, and Kensington got plenty of coverage today. Williamsburg District Leader Lincoln Restler started the campaign yesterday and it’s already gained more than 1,000 signatures. The extension happened in 2009, allowing residents of Red Hook, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace and Kensington to hop over to Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Bed-Stuy, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Queens without going into Manhattan. District Leader Restler tells us: “While the MTA has been increasing fares and cutting services – especially bus lines like the B69 that connect Brooklyn neighborhoods – the G train extension has been a single bright spot. Considering the economic benefits of the G train extension and the modest costs associated for the MTA, I cannot understand why they will not confirm their intentions to make the G train extension permanent.”
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  • And connect the G to Atlantic, too!

  • And connect the G to Atlantic, too!

  • Wow that’d be horrible. All the hip single ladies live near the G train.

  • This is ridiculous. The G, for all it’s faults and silliness is actually a fairly decent crosstown train that connects every major north Brooklyn neighborhood and provides solid transfers to everywhere in Blandhattan and the rest of the county o’kings. It originally had even more stations so why the consideration to kill it? How would it even work? Would it just die randomly at some random station?

    As much as I’ve cursed it’s green insignia late at night, I can’t say it doesn’t do it’s job of linking together everything.

  • Qualmly, I’m not sure that’s even possible. Trains can’t be re-routed like buses. Building a very long tunnel from Fulton to Atlantic probably wouldn’t be practical either.

    The G train used to run from Smith-9th all the way to Forest Hills-71st in Queens. It was really annoying to have to get off the G and wait for the F at Smith-9th (not to mention cold in the winter). The extension at Church is far more logical and convenient for lots of riders.

  • Emily, riders going to and from those neighborhoods didn’t have to go into Manhattan before the G train was extended!! One just had to switch from the F to the G, not fun but not nearly like having to go into Manhattan.

  • District Leader Restler ain’t thinking too clearly.

    Shortening the length of the line means the same set of trains & staff are serving each station more frequently. Terminating the line as soon as it’s practical ensures better service for those neighbourhoods that are *only* served by the G, while adding some inconvenience to those of us who have alternatives.

    When the challenge is to improve service on the G without spending money it doesnt have, the MTA is doing the smartest thing possible.

    • I can not follow your logic. Is there a statement that the trains will run more frequently?

      • think of it like this; if 5 trains are running over 10 miles of track, there’s a train every 2 miles. If they do a steady 30 mph, then there’s one coming by every 4 minutes. Now shorten the track to 5 miles — they’re only a mile apart and coming by every 2 minutes.

        If each end of the G train runs parallel to another line, then shortening the G as much as you can (ie. as soon as its duplicating another subway line) lets the train turn around sooner and reduces the G train spacing overall, thus the wait times.

        i’m sure there are other factors at play, but this certainly appears to be an obvious way to extract more service where you really need it.

        • I doubt they will keep the number of trains the same. And the train you need to arrive at a station where there is a connection to the g will not run more often. So?

        • Sorry, that’s not how it works. The “headway” – the number of minutes between trains, is set by policy. If the line is shortened, it just means that fewer trains and train crews are needed to maintain the policy headway.

    • I can not follow your logic. Is there a statement that the trains will run more frequently?