G Train Riders Win Big Improvements in G Service!
MTA Review Proposes Adding 25% More Trains in Afternoon and Evening, Running Trains at Even Intervals to Reduce Crowding and Marking on the Platform Where the Train Will Stop
The Riders Alliance announces a significant victory in its grassroots push for better G train service. The MTA’s Full Line Review of the G train, which we requested with State Senators Daniel Squadron and Martin Dilan, was released on July 15th and its recommendations contain many of the top priority campaign goals of the Riders Alliance:
In its report, the MTA proposes to:
• Increase G train service by 25% in the afternoon and evening, running more trains from approximately 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.;
• Run trains at more even intervals, rather than having some bunched together and some with long waits in between;
• Stop the 4-car train at the same place on the platform at all times and clearly mark where on the platform the train will stop, as well as rearrange benches and other station elements so that riders wait at the right place for the train;
• Add public announcement systems at 12 G train stations that currently lack them, so the MTA can update customers in real time when there are service changes; and
• Make changes to train operations, for example opening all doors earlier on trains waiting at Court Square, so that passengers can spread throughout the train instead of bunching together near the one open door.
See the full report on the MTA web site.
The report marks a significant victory for G train riders and for the Riders Alliance members who have worked so hard over the last year to organize their fellow passengers and build public support for a better G train.