State senators Daniel Squadron and Martin Malavé Dilan announced on Friday that the MTA will launch a full line review of the G train, comprising an extensive inspection of service issues now through June 2013.
Both senators urged the agency to review the train’s performance in a letter from January 27, pointing to “concerns about infrequent trains, delays, crowding, an absence of communication regarding service changes, and an overall lack of consistency of service.” The duo also worked with Riders Alliance to organize their Rally For a Better G Train (pictured above). It’s clear that the MTA was listening.
Senator Squadron has been instrumental in service improvements since working with the MTA to create the first Full Line Reviews. In 2009, the review of the F train brought about more frequent and on-time trains, as well as newer and cleaner subway cars. In 2012, service along the L line increased in response to observed demand. The senator hopes to see the same success resulting from the G train review. From the press release:
“Working together in the past, we’ve made dramatic improvements throughout the system — including first-of-their-kind Full Line Reviews that led to better F and L train service. The MTA deserves great credit for its willingness to continue working together toward the reliable service G train riders deserve. Thank you to Senator Dilan, our colleagues, and the Riders Alliance for their continued advocacy.”
As for the specific improvements, the suggestions are varied. Borough President Marty Markowitz notes lacking ADA compliance (elevator entry is only available at Church Avenue) and a need for free above-ground transfers between the Broadway and the J/M line at Lorimer, as well as between Fulton and Barclays.
Greg Richane, a Riders Alliance member, calls for increased and more reliable service, noting, “We’ve had a lot of growth along the G train, but subway service hasn’t kept up.”
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