Brooklyn Rejoices at G Train Extension Made Permanent

By Meredith Hoffman | July 16, 2012 1:38pm | Updated on July 16, 2012 2:00pm

BROOKLYN — The G train extension has been saved.

After months of fighting to rescue their underdog subway from a massive service cut that would have eliminated five stops, Brooklynites learned Monday that their crucial line will remain intact.

After the Daily News reported that MTA sources said the G train will retain service into Park Slope and Kensington, despite past threats of slashes to service, local officials and neighbors rejoiced that the line's extension would not be eliminated.

"The MTA understands that Brooklynites rely on the G connects disparate neighborhoods in Brooklyn," said District Leader Lincoln Restler, who helped spearhead a campaign called "Save the G train" that garnered more than 5,000 signatures for the train's preservation this year.

"We have reason to feel really good," he added.

"Excellent!" commented Tom Burrows of Williamsburg's Community Board One on Facebook, when he learned the news.

And though the MTA press office would not comment on the news, the NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign also rejoiced and complimented the plan.

"The MTA appears to be  listening to its customers, who strongly object to being asked to pay more for less," said Gene Russianoff, the campaign's staff attorney.

According to the Straphangers Campaign, improved MTA finances have enabled the service restorations.

Public Advocate Bill DeBlasio lauded the MTA's decision.

“It’s hard to remember the last time we had good news about transit in Brooklyn," De Blasio said in a statement.  "Our message to the MTA was simple: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. It looks like we’ve been heard. Keeping these extra five stops is a huge win for commuters and businesses in the Slope, Windsor Terrace and Kensington.”