The city said earlier this month that the India Street pier would be repaired by the time G service ends for five weeks while crews repair Hurricane Sandy damage to the tube under Newtown Creek, but work on the dock that collapsed into the East River in February is still not done and Greenpointers are feeling the transit squeeze.
“Our options are getting a bit scarce,” said Kendall Kipnas, who lives near the Nassau Avenue stop and usually takes the G into Queens to catch the 7 to work in Manhattan. “This might be pretty miserable.”
One local elected official said he is waiting for the ferry to resume service just like everyone else.
“With the G train outage two days away, anything less than full service before the outage is unacceptable,” said state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D–Greenpoint). “The ferry has become a part of Greenpointers’ and northern Brooklynites’ daily life, and it must be treated as such, especially with the outage looming.” [Read more...]
Greenpoint’s ferry stop may be back in service by next Friday. The India Street dock that shut down in February after a ramp suddenly collapsed is expected to be replaced in the next week, according to the city’s Economic Development Corporation spokesman Ian Fried.
RedSky Capital, which privately owns the pier, should be finished installing the new ramp by the time the G train suspends service for five weeks for Superstorm Sandy repairs next Friday, said Fried, whose organization is in charge of the ferry route and works with the landings.
Greenpoint riders have had to take a shuttle to the North Williamsburg stop for the past five months.
“The G train is a critical transportation link for people in the area,” Fried said. “We recognize the importance of making sure the East River Ferry is operating in Greenpoint prior to the G train shutdown. RedSky has always operated with this in mind.”
The gangway leading to the ferry’s landing detached in February during a snowstorm, giving away moments after riders had crossed. Noone was injured.
Preliminary reports indicated the gangway itself was safe, but the poles holding it up had problems, Fried said.
The gangway’s status is noted on the East River Ferry website, though no updates have been made since February 19. Preliminary investigation revealed that two “spud piles” that held the barge in position had failed, resulting in the barge drifting to the west and the ramp’s subsequent collapse. It goes on to say that “We have been advised by the pier owner that additional dive teams are going to be sent to the site to remove the piles for further examination in order to assess the cause of their failure. The retrieval of those piles and the determination of the cause of their failure are required before the facility can be restored to service.”
Daily News explains that the hold-up is due in part to financing the expense of a crane required to complete the investigation:
The city is “aggressively” working with RedSky Capital to finish an investigation and get ferry service back online, a New York City Economic Development Corp. spokesman said.“We are optimistic that a strengthened ferry landing will welcome back service in the near future,” an agency spokesman said.
RedSky co-founder Benjamin Stokes didn’t respond to requests for comment, but a city official briefed on the issue said the developer is fighting demands to hire a crane to complete the investigation. The operation would require the use of a crane for the investigation, and again during the repair work. The city wants to determine what went wrong before the repairs will be authorized. RedSky’s principals only want to hire the crane once, officials said.
Despite his history of green-lighting unpopular projects that will exacerbate Greenpoint’s already-limited access to public transit, Councilman Stephen Levin voiced outrage at the lack of action:
“Them balking because they didn’t want to spend some extra money getting a crane out to do the investigation is outrageous,” said Councilman Stephen Levin (D-Greenpoint). “There has to be answers as to why this happened,” he added. “Because somebody really could have died.”
Regardless, Greenpoint is about to get screwed. Starting July 26 and continuing to September 1, the G train will not run between Nassau and Court Square. Get ready to suffer Greenpointers during summer’s sweatiest time of year.
Breaking news: the G train is a piece of shit. It’s infrequent, often late, and it wastes your time by meandering hither and thither through Brooklyn before getting anywhere anyone would actually want to go. But, it’s the only train that goes between Brooklyn and Queens, so we tolerate it. Except that even this, the G’s one and only redeeming quality, is about to change.
From July 26 to September 1, the G train will not run between Nassau and Court Square. No big deal, right? It’s only three stops, you might be thinking. Wrong, idiot.
August is the height of summer, prime sweatin’ time. And now you’re going to have to stand in the hot sun and wait for a bus to ferry you across the Pulaski bridge, a trip that should take five minutes but will end up taking 15, all so you can arrive at Court Square, the Gateway to Midtown, and be packed into an already overcrowded E train with your sticky cohort, all so the MTA can “repair” some “damage” from “Hurricane Sandy.”
What’s to be done? You can attend the Community Town Hall where this will be discussed (Polish Slavic Center at 176 Java on April 3 at 6pm) and yell at whomever you can. Just yell. Yell a lot. Shake the very foundations of the earth with your mighty warcries.
We were excited to hear about the increased G train service that was announced last week, but there was a catch. The MTA was going to have to raise $700,000 to actually make the changes happen. Well now we have good news straight from Governor Cuomo that they got the money and the changes will be coming. From The Governor:
For the second year in a row, the state has invested in significant enhancements and expansions to our state’s transit system that will improve the experience of the eight million commuters who use the MTA,” said Governor Cuomo. “In the last two and a half years, our administration has made real improvements to the nation’s largest public transit system, implementing reforms that have improved services and made the MTA more efficient by reducing costs, cutting waste and putting the needs of straphangers and commuters first.”
The MTA’s cost containment efforts are on track to reduce annual costs by $1.3billion by 2017, and new efforts to address costs once considered uncontrollable, such as pensions, retiree health care, paratransit and debt service are reducing projected deficits in future years.
The G trains will operate every 8 minutes instead of the current 10 minutes, from 3-9pm on weekdays. However, it is not supposed to go into effect until next June.
Finally! After conducting a review of G train service the MTA has determined that (surprise) the G train needs increased service. Yes they do need $700,000 to do it, but I’m hopeful after the success of the L train review and increase. From a press release by the MTA:
The review found several opportunities to improve service, including additional trains during the afternoon peak period to operate every 8 minutes instead of every 10 minutes, contingent on identifying $700,000 in additional funding for that service. Adjusting operating times and changing the locations where trains stop within stations can all help make the onboard passenger loads more even between scheduled trains and between the cars in individual trains.
The review studied all elements of how subway service operates on the line, including scheduling conflicts with other train lines that use the same tracks, how train personnel prepare their trains to enter service at terminals, and where trains stop at its 21 stations – even where benches are placed within those stations. The review was performed at the request of New York State Senators Daniel Squadron and Martin Malavé Dilan.
UPDATE: According to reporter Andy Newman the man actually fell on the rail. That makes much more sense.
Sorry: police say *no* indication that man electrocuted on 3rd rail in Bklyn was killed by urinating on it. They say he fell on it.
— Andy Newman (@andylocal) July 8, 2013
Early this morning at the Broadway G train stop in Williamsburg a man was electrocuted and died after peeing on the third rail at the station. From DNAinfo:
Matthew Zeno, 30, and another man were walking north on the southbound side of the subway, near Union Avenue, when Zeno paused to urinate and inadvertantly contacted the third rail, according to the FDNY and NYPD.
The second man, who was not named by police, tried to help Zeno, but sustained an electric shock as well, police said.