This will finally take you out of Brooklyn on the weekends. via Flickr user Vincenzosi
Maybe these fare hikes are actually doing some good? Although don’t say that too loud, for feat that the MTA will keep up with them. But, for the second year in a row, surpluses in the MTA budget will lead to service on bus and train lines being restored across the city, and even improved, especially in the case of the G train, which is getting the improvements recommended after the MTA studied it. (more…)
Soon they can add “ran cars on time.” Photo by Tim Donnelly
A few months ago, the MTA promised they were going to do a big review on the G train to see if it was as bad as everyone was saying it was. Some cynical jerks were skeptical, but in your face jerks: according to a press release that landed in our inbox, a whole bunch of changes were recommended for the G train including more frequent, spread out service, more public address systems and better platform layout. Maybe dreams really do come true. (more…)
Despite the best efforts of the Transit Workers Union (Hip-Hop Division), people just won’t stay off the goddamn subway tracks. We don’t quite understand the appeal of hopping down off the platform, since even at the cleanest subway stations, the tracks are full of garbage, rats and gross puddles of garbage water. The latest victim of the train tracks managed to add a little bit of humiliation to the usual sad story by electrocuting himself while peeing. (more…)
With longterm G-train blackouts looming for some weekends to come, starting this weekend, we decided to round up why getting stuck in Greenpoint is actually pretty awesome. Drink well, eat better, tan yourself on the shores of the East River and shop for the perfect party dress all while your MetroCard is stashed away with the rest of your office attire. It may actually be more of a hassle come December, when your friends expect you to spend your weekends somewhere else. (more…)
Say goodbye to this. via Flickr user *Bitch Cakes*
We hope you don’t like riding the R train between Brooklyn and Manhattan. Oh, what’s that, it’s your favorite subway ride in the whole world? Well, in that case, sit down, because we’re going to just tell you this and not sugarcoat it: the R isn’t going to be running between Brooklyn and Manhattan for 12 – 14 months. Oh, and the G train between Queens and Brooklyn will also close for a few weekends, but what else is new? Don’t worry, it’s nothing you did. Unless of course you’re that horrible Hurricane Sandy. In that case, it’s all your fault. (more…)
We were under the assumption that our poem about the wonders of the G train would never be topped. Chalk it up the kind of casual arrogance inspired by loving something people love to hate. But we’ll gladly cede the title of “Best Tribute to the G Train” to Rob Paravonian, who put together an entire song, plus music video extolling the virtues of the oft-maligned line. Those virtues include:
-the girls are cuter
-no Manhattan = no bridge and tunnel types
-it’s small batch transit
But don’t let us read the lyrics to you like some kind of terrible William Shatner cover, discover the magic of the song yourself. Still, we’ll admit that the MTA could cool it with the cutting the line in half thing every goddamn weekend.
“The Sprint,” one of the many ways the G train keeps you fit. Photo by mili005 on Instagram
You might think that the subway isn’t the healthiest way to get around, what with all the sitting and TERRIFYING MICROBES. And usually that’s the case, unless of course you live on the G train. In which case, with the help of the Riders Alliance and years of neglect from the MTA, you’ll be running, sprinting and hiking until you’re as fit as you were in college. Or, whenever you were most in shape:
Then again, if you only want to keep exercise where it belongs, in terrible terrible gyms, you could check out the Riders Alliance and see how you can get involved with their push for better transit.
Try doing this on any other line. via The Brooklyn Paper
Look, we all like to goof on the G train and how the approximate wait time for one is “eons” and how it’s always split into two because the MTA hates it and Brooklyn. You can’t blame the G train for everything though, like getting in the way of your lousy romantic choices, yet that’s exactly what a bunch of people whining to DNAInfo did this morning. Shut up, you babies, the G train isn’t killing your love life. (more…)
Well, OK, we admit it, we were Skeptical Sallys about the Smith-9th Street station ever re-opening. Can you blame us? Oh really, you can? Because we all know the MTA just moves sooo fast on things. Well, whatever, let’s stop fighting and just focus on the good news: the Smith-9th Street has an official opening date, Friday, April 26 at 10:30am.
We will reopen the Smith-9th Streets station next Friday at 10:30am. #MTA
Everyone wants a piece of it. via Flickr user gmpicket
Transit nerds across the city rejoiced today, because the MTA released 2012′s ridership figures today. Data, precious data! What are some things we should care about here? Weekday ridership went up 1.8% from 2011, which is why you struggled to find a seat two out of every seven days you rode the train. Also, Atlantic Av-Pacific Street (nope, not calling it Barclays) was the busiest station in all of Brooklyn, moving an astounding 11.5 million people through its turnstiles. And last but not least, the G train had the biggest increase in ridership out of all the lines in the system. Suck on that, 2 train! (more…)