Ridership is growing faster on the G train than any other line in the system, reflecting population increases in Bed Stuy, Greenpoint and elsewhere along its path as well as development downtown, including events at the recently opened Barclays Center. A coalition of politicians and subway riders yesterday called for increased service on the line, which grew 4.2 percent on weekdays last year. State Senators Daniel Squadron and Martin Dilan, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Council Member Letitia James, Council Member Brad Lander, and members of subway advocacy group the Riders Alliance were among those calling for increased service. “In recent years, the G Train has become vital to the people of central Brooklyn who commute across several neighborhoods in New York City,” said Congresswoman Yvette Clarke. “The MTA should allocate resources and enhance its current transit services to accommodate the increase in ridership.” Added Riders alliance member Annemarie Caruso, “Day after day I make my way down a crowded platform and squeeze into an even more crowded train. Service is not frequent enough to say to myself ‘Oh, I’ll just wait for the next one.’ The next one could be 12 minutes away. I love my fellow Brooklynites, but I am tired of spending my mornings pressed up against them!” The MTA is already studying the issue and expects a report to be completed in June.
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