G and M train improvements week of June 8

Gap minded! G trains come faster, starting today

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The wait isn’t over, but it is shorter.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has followed through on its promise to make it easier to get around Brooklyn by reducing the time between G trains from 10 minutes to eight, starting today. The new, high-frequency Brooklyn Local will be in effect from 3 pm to 9 pm, according to the transit agency. Long-suffering straphangers praised the service improvement.

“Anything that lessens the wait is a good thing,” said Jamila Glass, waiting for a Church-Avenue-bound train at Nassau Avenue in Greenpoint.

The boost is part of a bevy of improvements to the train that has the distinction of being the only line that does not travel to Manhattan. The others include adding signs, trash cans, and benches to G stations, adding public address systems to 12 stops, and standardizing where the stubby subway comes to a halt, to spare straphangers the dreaded G train sprint.

The transit agency’s moves to make the Ghost Train more visible follow the prescriptions of a list of suggested improvements drawn up by straphanger advocates. But the authority has so far ignored calls to Free the G by long-suffering G riders who say it is a no-brainer to allow for a free above-ground transfer between the Broadway stop and the Lorimer J and M station, as well as the Fulton G stop and Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center. The Lorimer–Broadway connection will be temporarily in place from July 26–Sept. 1, but a transit rep says there has been no further consideration of making the measure permanent.

Also this week, the trasportation agency will begin running the nighttime and weekend M train shuttle across the Williamsburg Bridge into Manhattan, five stops beyond the Myrtle–Broadway station where riders have long had to transfer across the platform between the stopped-short shuttle and the J and Z lines.

A weekend warrior who spends time across the East River for reasons unknown said the upgrade is a boon.“Only having to take one train into Manhattan on the weekends is so much easier,” said Ariel Gibson, who lives at the Knickerbocker Avenue stop in Bushwick.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

KB from Greenpoint says:
A few notes:

1) It's the Crosstown Local, not the Brooklyn Local
2) You should mention that the desired Broadway/Lorimer transfer will actually be available this summer during the shutdown of the line north of Nassau Ave.
3) While a "G-Train Sprint" can be caused by standing in the wrong spot on the platform, it is more often caused by descending the stairs at a platform end while the train arrives and stops in the middle of the platform.
June 9, 2014, 3:52 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I will give everyone one guess if they can figure out who will be paying for most of that, and it's not the one that everyone thinks it is.
June 9, 2014, 6:58 pm
G Train Shuffle says:
Tal, who? Hondorans?
June 10, 2014, 5:15 am
ty from pps says:
Tal is paying for it. Personally.

Watching NY1 yesterday, it was amazing that the MTA was touting "spacing the trains more evenly" as a great accomplishment. The fact that they've been, to date, unable to avoid the 2-minute wait followed by a 25-minute wait issue is soooo absurd. If they can't figure out how to regularize the headway of the trains within a reasonable margin of error, what would prevent a negative 15 second spacing... ya know, where the trains crash into each other?

Millions of people are entrusting themselves everyday to a transit system using not much better than Edwardian-era technology.
June 10, 2014, 11:53 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Actually, about 60% of the funds to the MTA comes from the tolls, not the fares, which shows who is really covering it. I could never understand why riders just can't take a modest fare hike, which is really peanuts compared to toll hikes. It's such an irony that so many want the greatest transit system, but they don't want to be the ones actually paying for it, so they look for a way to stick it to those who can't get around for any other way but driving. BTW, shaving off two minutes for wait time is hardly anything, and that would mean more if it was nearly in half. Still, the G train isn't that heavily used hence having the nickname the Ghost Train in that matter. For the most part, a good part of its route isn't even by itself. Then again, that's what you get for a line that doesn't even go into Manhattan.
June 10, 2014, 5:43 pm
Vinny Polack from Greenpoint says:
Tolls cover 12% of MTA expenses while fares and the MTA tax cover 76%. Source: Pie chart on
June 10, 2014, 8:52 pm
ty from pps says:
Hey Tal, you idiot.... It's nicknamed the "ghost train" because of the last of consistency of service, not because of a lack of ridership, you idiot. Have I mentioned lately you're an idiot?

The rest of your comment is so ill-informed, it's not worth responding to... idiot.
June 10, 2014, 10:55 pm
ty from pps says:
tal likes me. he really really likes me.
June 11, 2014, 1:25 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Why do you guys resort to personal attacks? This really makes me want to question your age, because only little kids behave like that. Anyway, I will gladly support improvements to the subway as long as the riders will agree to a modest fare hike especially when they are the ones who going to be using it the most rather than on those who are using it the least. There is a reason why the call for road pricing always fails especially when us motorists already feel that we are giving a lot as is as well as believing that the MTA already mismanages their revenues as of now, so that wouldn't make any difference.
June 13, 2014, 6:56 pm

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