MTA: G Train is Packing Them In

The Eagle takes a look at the latest MTA ridership stats, and notices that there has been a marked rise in G train users: “The Brooklyn sections of the G and J/M/Z lines both showed a jump in ridership from 2010 — both up by close to 6 percent. While these lines only account for one-fifth of all entries into the Brooklyn subways, the increase in ridership was substantial.” The reporter also talks to an MTA rep, who says that the increase in G train ridership has been particularly noteworthy. Still and all, it’s unclear whether this will have bearing on whether the train will continue to run on an extended route into the Slope, Windsor Terrace and Kensington that has been in effect for a couple of years during the Culver Viaduct rehab work. The Eagle notes: “Ridership data does show spikes in use along the temporarily extended section of the G line — the stops at Fourth Avenute/Ninth Street and Church Avenue avenue both saw an increase in ridership nearly four times the system average from the year before. Both are heavy bus transfer points.” Many politicians are making noise about the train’s extension being made permanent.
New MTA Data Shows Spike in G Train Riders [Eagle]
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5 Comment

  • Why would it not be made permanent? It’s immensely useful for me to have the G at the 7th and 4th Avenue stops, and I don’t think I’m anywhere near being the only one who feels that way.

    My other fantasy is that the MTA restores express service along the F line, at least during rush hours. Two stops from Jay St. to Church Ave would be awesome.

    • I agree – it would be nice if G trains were lengthened and ran as F express trains up to Jay St. But I’m not sure it’s practical, as the F narrows to three tracks beyond Church Avenue, so you can’t have express trains running in both directions. The express stops would be Kings Hwy, 18th Ave, Church Ave, Bergen (on the lower level which is now closed), and Jay.

      For now I’ll just settle for them coordinating the G and F at Church. It seems like every time a Manhattan-bound F approaches Church, it has to stop for train traffic ahead. It really can’t be that hard.

  • Ridershiop numbers for all the stations can be found here:

    Note that Carroll Street ridership increased 18.9% from 2010 to 2011 and the 7th Avenue F/G stop ridership is up 15.8%. Fort Hamilton Parkway on the other hand decreased 14.4%. Still though big increases at most G stops – 13.2% at Greenpoint Avenue – 13.1% at Myrtly Willoughby.

  • close down stops on the F (such as 15th street and fort hamilton which show huge ridership decreases…..duh), extend the G along that F line, and voila, people get on when the next train comes. increased ridership!

    seems like fodder to snatch a new convenience. a luxury once tasted becomes a necessity.

    can we at least get new cars on all the lines first?