August 31, 2007

No Service to Forest Hills this Weekend

The northbound G will terminate at Court Square over the holiday weekend:

How do these no-continuing-service weekends affect you?

August 27, 2007

When Do You Need The G?

The majority of our ongoing straw poll voters has indicated it would like more frequent service on the G train. When do you think more frequent service is needed -- rush hour or evenings/weekends? Are you mainly a G-line commuter, or do you take the line all the time? Would more frequent service change your G-riding habits?

Comments and observations, please...

August 23, 2007

Robbers on the G Train

From this week's edition of the Greenpoint Star:

Dateline : Thursday, August 23, 2007
Thugs Preying On G-Train Riders
By Phil Guie

For a pair of violent thugs, the G-train, useful for traveling between Brooklyn and Queens without having to pass through Manhattan, has also proven to be an efficient place to locate victims to rob.According to police, 23-year-old Benjamin Hedges and his accomplice, 18-year-old Jeffrey Pierre-Louis, are suspected of approaching fellow riders on separate occasions last month, pouncing on them, physically assaulting them, and removing their money and personal property.

So far, cops have reported two known attacks involving the suspects: the first occurred at 9:45 p.m. on July 21 in the Classon Avenue station; the second took place at 12:15 a.m. on July 24 in the Myrtle-Willoughby Avenue station.

News of the assaults raised concern among some G-train riders, who said trains are sometimes empty late at night. "There are a few times when it gets kind of sketchy, especially after 2 [a.m.]," said Christine Asuncion, who hops on at the Metropolitan Avenue station and rides home to the Bedford/Nostrand stop nearly every night.

Although one of the robberies took place on a Saturday evening, Asuncion said she feels safe riding the G as late as 1 a.m. on weekends, when there are often crowds.

Meanwhile, Greenpoint resident Lisa O'Neill, who often takes the Queens-bound G as late as 1 a.m., said the line definitely has more security now than in years past. "It's a lot better than it was," she said. "There used to not be cops on it, but now there is."

As of press time, cops have offered the following descriptions of the suspects: Hedges is said to be approximately 5'8" tall, weighing 150 pounds, thinly built with brown eyes and black hair; Pierre-Louis is described as standing roughly 5'9" tall, weighing 185 pounds with a medium build. He has black eyes and black hair. [PHOTOS BELOW]

Anyone with information that could lead to the pair's arrests is asked to call Crimestoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

(LEFT) Jeffrey Pierre-Louis
(RIGHT) Benjamin Hedges

August 21, 2007

MTA's current service advisory schedule for the G line

Trains run in two sections:
1. Between Court Sq and Bedford-Nostrand Avs
2. Between Bedford-Nostrand Avs and Smith-9 Sts
Late nights, 11 PM to 5 AM Wed to Fri, Aug 22 - 24

How does this affect my trip?
Transfer at Bedford-Nostrand Avs to continue your trip.

Why is service being changed?
We are performing signal work to ensure that subways continue to operate safely along the G line.

No trains between 71-Continental Avs and Court Sq
Late nights until Aug 31 8:30 PM to 5 AM Mon to Fri

How does this affect my trip?
For Brooklyn service, take the E to 23 St-Ely Av and transfer to the G at Court Sq.
For Queens service, take the E instead.

Why is service being changed?
We are performing track replacement to ensure that subways continue to operate safely along the G line.

To view these notices as PDFs, visit this MTA-NYC Transit website:

August 15, 2007

G Line Rider Report Card Available Now on MTA Website

This summer, MTA-NYC Transit instituted a Rider Report Card, distributing both at subway stations and online. The first Rider Report Card was distributed for the #7 line; MTA-NYCT just announced that the L line is next in line.

However, if you visit the MTA-NYC Transit website, you can complete an online Rider Report Card for the G train, as well as all of the other subway lines. (In multiple languages, no less.) Go for it!

Our only beef is that when you're asked to indicate which subway station from which you typically board the G, only half the route is offered in the drop-down menu - yet more evidence that the MTA would love to permanently halve the line and make the final northbound stop Court Square Station.

Last: if you haven't taken our own straw poll, please do so. It's got some items that are not included on the Rider Report Card - like the possibility of extending G service farther south into Brooklyn.

August 14, 2007

The Subway's 'Underdog'

From today's Metro NY:

The subway’s ‘underdog’
Brooklyn blogger expresses G love, and calls for better service
by michael rundle / metro new york
AUG 14, 2007

INTERVIEW. The much-maligned G train is in need of a boost, according to a Brooklyn blogger. The area it serves is booming and ridership is growing, but the trains are still the shortest and breakdowns are increasing. Now the “Save The G” campaign, a group of transit advocates formed in 2001, is relaunching its Web site and calling on the MTA to bring the G into the 21st century. Metro asked “Save The G” staffer Teresa Toro to explain why the ghost train deserves our love.

What’s wrong with the G?

It’s a reliability issue. Even when the G is running, people have learned not to trust that it will run on schedule. It has some of the longest waiting times in the system. When you know the next train isn’t going to be for 10 minutes, and you hear it coming in, and you know it will be all the way down the platform because it’s only four cars long — people sprain ankles and drop belongings desperately trying to run for the train.

Why do we need to save it?

G train ridership has been steadily increasing and the MTA still hasn’t given the G train the kind of attention and planning it gives to other lines. The changes in service a few years ago were based on studies predicting population declines on the Brooklyn waterfront. Clearly the opposite has happened.

Do you still have affection for the G despite these problems?

The G is the transit system’s underdog. It’s kind of this underachieving kid that you want to do well because you see the potential.

Were you inspired by the recent campaign for an F train express?

That was really exciting, yes, because the G is another underused train. It could connect to so much more. It definitely was inspiring. Also the new leadership at the MTA was a nice change of pace. I think the key is strength in numbers. People don’t realize their inconvenience is the pet peeve of 12,000 other people.

What practical changes do you want the MTA to make?

In the short term we want better communications. We also think that the new Rider Report Cards should be introduced into the G.

And the V has the least ridership numbers in the system. I don’t see why the MTA can’t consider reallocating some of those cars.

With budget shortfalls on the horizon is this the wrong time to push for investment?

No, actually this is the time to be reminding the MTA that the G is providing more service than it used to.

Where to go
The “Save the G” campaign can be found at

August 12, 2007

Welcome to Save The G's blog

After a too-long hiatus, Save The G is re-establishing our web presence. You'll be hearing about our advocacy efforts for longer trains, shorter waits, and cleaner stations. Our website is also getting a much-needed overhaul; we'll let you know when it's back up.

In the meantime, we want to hear from you. Please post G train related news, comments, and ideas and meet your fellow G train riders!

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