How to Get Around During the 5-Week G Train Shutdown

By Jeanmarie Evelly on July 21, 2014 1:40pm 

 G train service will halt for five weeks between Greenpoint and Long Island City starting Friday night.
G train service will halt for five weeks between Greenpoint and Long Island City starting Friday night.
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LONG ISLAND CITY — Subway riders in Greenpoint and Long Island City who rely on the G train to get around will need to make alternative plans starting Friday night when service shuts down between Brooklyn and Queens for five weeks.

There will be no G train service at the Greenpoint Avenue, 21st Street and Court Square stations between July 25 and Sept. 2 as the MTA repairs damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.

The line serves about 125,000 customers a day and the shutdown is expected to effect about 30,000 of them.

An MTA spokeswoman said that the work was timed to coincide with lower ridership during the summer.

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Here are some options for getting around during the shutdown:

Shuttle Buses

The MTA will operate free shuttle buses between the affected stations during the closure, running along two routes from the Court Square station in Long Island City.

One runs via Manhattan Avenue to Queens from the Nassau Avenue G train stop and the other goes along McGuinness Boulevard to and from the Lorimer Street/Metropolitan station, which connects riders to the G and the L trains.

A map of the shuttle routes can be found here.

Subway Transfers

There will be a free out-of-system transfer between the Broadway Avenue G train station and the Lorimer Street stop on the J and M lines.

No extra L trains will be put into service, but a spokeswoman said that the MTA does not expect the G train shutdown to overwhelm the system.

The B62 and B32 Buses

Riders looking to get between Queens and Brooklyn can try some of the MTA's regular bus routes.

The B62 bus runs between Queens Plaza in Long Island City and downtown Brooklyn, crossing the Pulaski Bridge and running through Greenpoint and Williamsburg. A schedule and map can be found here.

Another option is the B32, which runs from 7 a.m. to 9  p.m. daily between Court Square in Long Island City and Greenpoint and Williamsburg along the waterfront. A schedule and map can be found here.

East River Ferry

The East River Ferry's stop in Greenpoint is expected to be back in operation before the G train closures go into effect on Friday, officials told DNAinfo last week.

The India Street dock was shut down in February after a ramp suddenly collapsed and riders have had to take a shuttle bus to the ferry's North Williamsburg stop instead. 

Besides Greenpoint, the ferry stops at Wall Street, Brooklyn Bridge Park, South Williamsburg's Schaefer Landing, North Williamsburg at North 6th Street, Long Island City and Midtown at East 34th Street. Schedules can be found here.

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