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MTA to Increase G Train Service

By Danielle Schlanger | June 9, 2014 7:24am
 The G train in New York City on Aug. 1, 2013.
The G train in New York City on Aug. 1, 2013.
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BROOKLYN — Straphangers who use the G train can rejoice — starting Monday, the MTA will increase afternoon and evening service along the route by 25 percent. 

The upgrades on the often-criticized line used by 125,000 on the average weekday were announced Sunday and praised by state Sen. Daniel Squadron, who requested the changes along with state Sen. Martin Dilan and the Riders Alliance.

“Today the G rarely means the beginning of a great ride,” Squadron said in a statement. “These improvements will help commutes on this important line — and hopefully make lives a little easier for the riders who depend on it.”

In addition to more trains, G riders can expect public announcement systems at all 12 G train stations, trains that run at more evenly stopped intervals and trains that stop in the same place on platforms, according to a statement released by the Riders Alliance.

The service changes to the G line come in the wake of the MTA's Full Line Review, urged by Squadron and Dilan in the beginning of 2013. The Riders Alliance pushed for the assessment.

“Riders who have to suffer through crowded trains and irregular G train service finally get some relief,” Alexis Saba, a Riders Alliance member who relies on the subway line and advocated for reforms, said in a statement.

The MTA confirmed that more trains will run.