standard Reviews of the G Train Shuttle: Complaints, Accolades, Transitions, Issues, Some Humor

G Train Shuttle (Photo by Will Sherman)

G Train Shuttle (Photo by Will Sherman)

One week into a five-week hiatus for the bemoaned and beloved G train, commuters have taken to social media to file their complaints.

But others are praising the replacement shuttle bus–claiming that it may even surpass rail service altogether.

Of course, the opportunity for humor about the entire ordeal has not been overlooked. Hashtags and even twitter handles have sprouted without delay.

Despite these fun and games, some politicians are concerned, and have held meetings to address new issues that have popped up.

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Assemblyman Joe Lentol (D-Brooklyn) meets with MTA & NYPD Officials (AM Lentol’s Office)

Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol (D-North Brooklyn) met Wednesday with representatives from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and Commanding Officer Captain James Ryan of the NYPD’s 94th Precinct to discuss solutions for relieving congestion of G-train shuttle buses that have blocked traffic along Lorimer Street.

While the G-train closure from Nassau Avenue to Court Square remains in effect, the shuttle buses being used to supplement service have used the corridor of Lorimer Street between Driggs Avenue and Nassau Avenue as a staging and idling area, forcing buses to double park because of the high number of them in the area.

“As a result of buses double parking, drivers have been forced to drive in the wrong lane to pass,” Lentol said. “We received calls from constituents regarding the dangerous nature of this situation and I immediately reached out to the MTA to find a solution.”

The NYC Department of Transportation, MTA and the 94th Precinct are coordinating their efforts to block off a portion of parking along the northbound lane of Lorimer Street to temporarily allow for bus staging.

“I am happy we were able to find a solution to this problem so quickly. During this certainly inconvenient time for G-train riders, we must do everything we can to ensure that drivers are also not inconvenienced or put in harm’s way,” Lentol added.

Separately, State Senator Squadron will be hosting a conference call on August 4th to check-in with the MTA and DOT on the effects of the shutdown.

Finally, through the advocacy of Senator Squadron, Councilmember Steve Levin, Assemblymember Lentol, and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, the MTA is providing the following accommodations, in addition to a free shuttle bus between the affected stations:

  • Provide riders with a free transfer between the Broadway G and Lorimer J/M stops
  • Monitor B32 bus usage during the closure and possibly increase its frequency
  • Ensure planned service outages do not occur on the L, J, M or Z lines during the closure

The section of the G train that travels between Brooklyn and Queens is closed for four more weeks in order to make repairs to sections damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Service is set to resume on September 1st. Shuttle buses have replaced out-of-service areas, with large crowds often gathering at staging and idling areas. The New York Times has also reported an increasing in bicycle ridership as an alternative mode of transportation. Additionally, the India Street ferry has finally been restored.

Are there any issues with the G train outage that we missed? Let us know.