Monday, June 9, 2014

Brooklyn, Queens: Increased G Train Service Starts Today, June 9

By Barry Pousman
State Senators Daniel Squadron and Martin Dilan and members of the Riders Alliance sent us aan email hailing a 25 percent increase in afternoon and evening G train service that starts today (Monday, June 9). Better G train service will help up to 125,000 people on an average weekday.

The MTA agreed to add this new G train service after undertaking a Full Line Review of the G train, as requested by State Senators Squadron and Dilan. The review incorporated recommendations made by the Riders Alliance at the request of its members who ride the G.

Senator Squadron said in a statement, "I’m glad the MTA was responsive to our request for a full line review, and for implementing these important service upgrades. I look forward to continuing to work with the MTA, Riders Alliance, and my colleagues on continued service improvements and full-line reviews across the system."

“Following the review, the need for improved service on the G train couldn’t have been more apparent,” said Martin MalavĂ© Dilan. “Thankfully, increased service is soon to be a reality for those who rely on the G line.”

Alexis Saba, a Riders Alliance member who lives off of the Metropolitan Avenue G train station and pushed for better G train service, said, "Riders who have to suffer through crowded trains and irregular G train service finally get some relief. This win shows that when riders speak up, the MTA will listen."

John Blesso, a Riders Alliance member who lives off of the Broadway G train stop, said, "This is a solid first step by the MTA and hopefully many more will follow. The G train is increasingly becoming a major artery for Brooklyn and Queens residents, and we need to make sure that service keeps up with ridership on the line.”

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