Sunset Park-to-Queens streetcar plans deliver excitement and concerns

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At a meeting on Wednesday addressing the Brooklyn-Queens Connector (aka the de Blasio Streetcar) Councilman Antonio Reynoso proposed Bedford Ave be closed to traffic to encourage more visitors to the area. (Not that we need any more.)

The bustling thoroughfare Bedford Avenue could be turned into a pedestrian plaza and a right-of-way for the proposed streetcar, a city councilman suggested at a Wednesday night. [Read more...]

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

credit: gtrain.nyc

credit: gtrain.nyc

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.
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Should the MTA connect the G train to the J/M/Z?

gtrain2With the L train tunnel repairs potentially coming in late 2018, the MTA has some major decisions to make. Whether the L train is shut down all at once, only on weekends, or half of the tunnel at a time, there are going to be many New Yorkers looking for new ways to get between North Brooklyn and Manhattan. Cartographer [Read more...]

Man struck by G train at Nassau Avenue station

Digital CameraEarly this morning a man was seriously injured after being hit by a G train at the Nassau Avenue stop. From [Read more...]

The G train derailed last night

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It happened north of the  Hoyt-Schermerhorn station. Thankfully there were no serious injuries. From the MTA:

At 10:34 p.m, the front axle (first two wheels) of the head car of a Church Av-bound G train derailed 700 feet north of the Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts station. Approximately 80 customers were safely walked through the 4-car train and the tunnel to the Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts station. FDNY reports that one customer complained of dizziness and two others were being evaluated at an area hospital for minor injuries.” The agency is also investigating the cause of the derailment.

Here’s a firsthand account via Gothamist:

Some flustered MTA workers boarded the train, but refused to answer any questions about what happened. It was pretty clear we were off the rails – the wall was disconcertingly close to the right side windows. People started to get sweaty and anxious, but mainly the atmosphere was chill. [Read more...]

Disappointed Vincent Van Gogh spotted on the G train

vangoghIf you time traveled over 100 years into the future and ended up on the G train wouldn’t you be a little bummed out? A [Read more...]

“G Is Back” : The Screenplay

Digital CameraIn honor of the G train’s return to North Brooklyn, Kevin D’Angelo has written a 2 page screen play about its return. Read [Read more...]

People actually prefer the shuttle to the G train

credit: Greenpointers

credit: Greenpointers

We griped and griped, but many commuters actually preferred the shuttle to taking the awful G train. Enjoy it while it lasts. Service resumes on Tuesday:

“It’s faster,” said George Huarotte, 22, who works in Greenpoint. “I prefer the shuttle.”

“The shuttle is always there,” said Tiffany Elisca, 25, who also works in Greenpoint. “And it’s free.”

The G train has been shut down between the Nassau Avenue and Court Square stops since July 25 to allow workers to make “extended repairs” after 3 million gallons of salt water flooded the line during Sandy, according to the MTA… [Read more...]