One week into a five-week hiatus for the bemoaned and beloved G train, commuters have taken to social media to file their complaints.
I think this g train shuttle bus driver is lost. That or I got on the wrong bus.
— peter ha (@ThePeterHa) July 31, 2014
— heidi (@aweekfromthurs) July 31, 2014
Seems the G train shuttle only takes you as far as Nassau Ave coming from Greenpoint Ave. Saved no time taking it this morning.
— JM (@jorgemancheno) July 30, 2014
G train shuttle wasn't very crowded at 9:15 this morning. Took about 25 mins to Court Sq. Stopped at Nassau and Greenpoint G stops.
— Josh Morrissey (@joshmorrissey) July 28, 2014
This G train shuttle is trying my patience
— Stacie L. Seidl (@ActressStacieS) July 31, 2014
But others are praising the replacement shuttle bus–claiming that it may even surpass rail service altogether.
— Carlton Tanis (@CRTanis) July 29, 2014
The G train shuttle bus is probably actually faster and more reliable than the G train train
— j2 (@j2n4me) July 28, 2014
Wow, no joke – G train shuttle bus from court Sq going home at rush hour (6 pm) is kinda empty! Smooth easy ride #Greenpoint
— Tony Wolf (@tonywolfness) July 28, 2014
Know what tho? The G shuttle bus runs about 5x as frequently as the G train lol stop whinin y'all
— aubrey (@aubzillatron) July 28, 2014
The G train shuttle bus this morning was – dare I say it – not that bad. It might even be…better than the actual G train?
— Eliza C. Thompson (@thompsonplaid) July 28, 2014
Somehow the G shuttle ended up being a better more luxurious version of the actual train. Please don't fix the G.
— Matt Clifton (@mttclftn) July 28, 2014
so far g train shuttle > g train, gotta say
— Tica Douglas (@TicaDouglas) July 27, 2014
Of course, the opportunity for humor about the entire ordeal has not been overlooked. Hashtags and even twitter handles have sprouted without delay.
(1) Regular G train riders have become so accustomed to defeat that people are like, "These shuttle busses are cool". #WorldWarG
— mrvonbells (@mrvonbells) July 31, 2014
Take a G train shuttle. Pro: you may get to Court Square. Cons: dehydration; rapid pulse rate; lost faith in humanity
— G Train Alternatives (@AltGTrain) July 27, 2014
Who's ready to go home? Just grab a seat and let the soothing noises of a public bus help you unwind
— GTrainShuttleBus (@GShuttleBus) July 28, 2014
Despite these fun and games, some politicians are concerned, and have held meetings to address new issues that have popped up.
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.