New platform signs tell straphangers where the G train will open its doors

Stop signs a go for G train

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G train riders are seeing signs all over the place.

That is because the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has added platform indicators that show straphangers where exactly the stubby Brooklyn Local will stop in all 18 G stations. Commuters accustomed to dashing after the diminutive train were over the moon about the improvement.

“They made my daily commute better for sure,” said Connor Mealey, a Greenpointer and a member of the Rider’s Alliance, which pushed to improve the G.

The four-car G train takes up only half the length of the platform in all of its stations, causing confusion for riders who sometimes sit and marvel, expecting the train to stop, only to have it speed past them and halt dozens of feet down the line. The problem was so endemic that it inspired a workout routine labelled “the G train sprint.”

With the signs come new, standardized stopping points for conductors who used to wing it, meaning riders will have one fewer excuse for showing up late to work.

“Have you ever missed the train when you were already on the platform? I’ve had that happen on G trains a few times,” said Rhonda Tatum, who lives near the Myrtle-Willoughby stop in Bedford-Stuyvesant. “It is not fun.”

The new signs are the first evidence of the grab bag of changes the MTA promised G train riders in 2014. Others include streamlining the line’s timetable so that trains are better spaced out, adding public announcement systems to all stations, and rearranging benches and trash cans so they are closer to where the trains stop. All of those are supposed to happen by June.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:16 pm, July 9, 2018
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TJ Olsen from Bed Stuy says:
This is great, but for those f us who are sight impaired this still leaves the G quite a challenging train experience.
Jan. 15, 2014, 1:28 pm
Mom from Clinton Hill says:
Ovverheard on Classon Ave platform: "Come on, G! Don't do this to me!"
Jan. 15, 2014, 8:35 pm
Jared from Cobble Hill says:
The G train stops in the same place every time. Start paying attention rather than make us all need to waste money on signs. We now have signs advising us to watch our step, to look out for our own belongings, and where the train stops. What's next, "Please make sure your shoelaces are tied"?

This is only adding to the problem of the increasingly lost art of what used to simply be called common sense.
Jan. 17, 2014, 3 pm
Clinton Hill Newbie from Clinton Hill says:
How about a full-length G train! Keep your costly signs, etc.

I moved from Crown Heights and have been totally surprised at the lack of transportation services in Clinton Hills. People pay so much money to live closer to Manhattan and can't get basic transportation. Who would think it would take longer to get into Manhattan from Clinton Hills than from Crown Heights-gotta love the IRT!!!
Jan. 21, 2014, 2:31 pm
stan chaz from GirlsTown says:
As part of it's continuing neglect of the G train line, 
back in the 90's the MTA arbitrarily cut the number of cars on each G train from 6 cars to 4 cars, creating overcrowding and the "G train sprint".

Despite the fact that the G train stretches from Church Avenue in Brooklyn to Court Square in Queens, the MTA then designated the G train a mere shuttle, allowing the more dangerous "OPTO" one-man operation (instead of the normal two person train crews).
This saved them money on MTA personnel, at the rider's expense.
 Contrary to State Senator Squadrons claims, the new signs in the G train stations do absolutely nothing to solve the problems of the neglected G train. 
Not until SIX CAR G trains are restored!

G train riders pay the same fare as everyone else- we need to demand equal service. NOW.
P.S. The MTA claims that they have cut the number of cars on the G train so that they can "run more frequent trains" using the same number of cars. This is pure ——, as anyone waiting for a G train , and waiting, and waiting- can attest. 
Jan. 21, 2014, 2:47 pm

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