At least there’s one bright side to the impending L train shutdown…



The MTA is finally going to improve service on the G. Given the inevitable surge in ridership it will face when the L gets shut down, we’re going to need the improvements:

Metropolitan Transportation Authority honchos will finally give the G train the attention straphangers have been demanding for years when they stop L train service to Manhattan for repairs in 2019. The agency will shower the green-eyed bullet with longer trains that come more frequently and free above-ground transfers during the upheaval, officials announced last week, and transit activists are riding high on the news.

To accommodate the extra baggage, honchos say they will grant free transfers between the Broadway G station and nearby Lorimer Street J and M station during the closure — a deal they have offered during repairs in the past, but riders, pols, and activist groups are pushing to make it permanent.

And below ground, officials say they will also use the leftover L carriages to beef up the Brooklyn Local from four to eight cars, and run more Gs up and down the borough each hour — though they still won’t say by exactly how much.

The locomotive currently stops at stations every 6 to 10 minutes.

Transit bigwigs say they haven’t decided if they will keep the changes to the trains for good or just during repairs — which they say will either last 18 months if they close the tunnel entirely, or three years if they shut one half at a time.

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