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Uber Offers Free Lifts to Subway Riders During G Train Shutdown

By Jeanmarie Evelly | July 25, 2014 2:32pm | Updated on July 25, 2014 7:40pm
 The G train in NYC on August 1, 2013.
The G train in NYC on August 1, 2013.
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LONG ISLAND CITY — It's not all bad news for G train riders.

While there's no service between Brooklyn and Queens for five weeks starting Friday night, cab service app Uber is looking to soften the blow by offering a free ride to straphangers and others in Greenpoint and Long Island City.

Starting Friday, riders can use the promo code "FREETRANSFER" on the Uber app, which gets them one free ride (up to $30) between the Nassau Avenue and Court Square G train stations (for a map of the applicable area, click here).

The deal is being offered until Aug. 31.

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


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"While the MTA does their thing, we're here to bridge the gap with one free transfer between the Nassau Av and Court Sq G train stops," Uber wrote on its website.

The app-powered car service has offered neighborhood promotions before, giving 25 percent off trips to Chelsea during a weekend this spring and another in April that let riders travel along Second Avenue for the cost of a subway ride.

The company is also set to get some competition starting Friday night, when ridesharing app service Lyft is expected to launch in the city after reaching a deal with the city and state over regulations.