07/13/15 3:43pm
c train

It’s time for this to be better. via Flickr user The All-Nite Images

Hey there, C train rider. Are you feeling beaten down by life? Maybe it’s not life beating you down so much as it is the fact that you constantly have to ride the C train, which is the new G train when it comes to people rather hitting their hand with a hammer than walking down and waiting for a train. Put that hammer down slowly though, because we have something that will help: transit advocates the Riders Alliance are trying to figure out how to get a better C train this week, and they want your help in coming up with a plan. And in return, you get free pizza (and possibly a better C train, who knows?). (more…)

03/17/15 10:22am
overcrowded subway

It doesn’t HAVE to be this way. via Flickr user Ianqui Doodle

Maybe it was this winter, maybe things are falling apart at the fast rate that things feel like they’re falling apart, but the subway being broken as hell has been a hot topic of late. The 7 train. The L train. Delays from massive overcrowding. Sure we got fancy new manspreading PSAs, but you need a working train before you have a manspreader to roll your eyes at. If you’ve been bitching about the state of your commute lately, we’re not gonna tell you to stop, but we will tell you to tell the Riders Alliance, who’s collecting stories to dump on Governor Cuomo’s doorstep as an argument for fully funding the MTA’s capital plan in this year’s budget. (more…)

02/03/15 2:30pm
c train

Make it a better C train. A C train that doesn’t accidentally wind up at Carroll Street. via Flickr user Julian Dunn

The C train this, the C train that. Our beloved rickety subway line has been the subject of much chagrin, and all of its coming closures aren’t helping the situation any. But since MTA officials are continuing to use the excuse “because Sandy,” it’s hard to decide which shortfalls in service we should chock up to natural disasters, and which ones are just plain unacceptable. Well, if you want to get some rant out of your system in the presence of people who might actually be able to do something about it, then head over to Bed-Stuy’s Brooklyn Movement Center (375 Stuyvesant Avenue) Wednesday at 7pm, where the Riders’ Alliance is hosting a C train think-tank with free pizza! (more…)

11/19/14 11:26am
c train

One of the MTA’s many modern C trains that everyone hates for some reason. via Flickr user Mike Knell

Given how tired everyone is of making G train jokes, because come on that’s so 2006 (and the MTA has finally committed to doing something about it), it’s time we all get tired of another train. The Riders Alliance suggests we focus our demands for better service at the city’s second-worst train line, the C train. Obviously some Brokelyn writers might object to the idea, but for the rest of us who’ve stared down the tunnel wondering “Where the fuck is this thing?” as four A trains zoom by on the express track, it seems like as good a time as any to ask the MTA to fix the C. (more…)

06/23/14 10:11am
c train

Hmmm… You know, maybe there are more problems than we thought. via Flickr user Julian Dunn

Coming on the heels of successfully getting the MTA to study the G train and come to the same conclusion (well, some of them) that New Yorkers could have already told them, the Riders Alliance announced in an email that the transit authority will study the C train to find out if it’s as bad as people make it out to be. Also the A train, but anyone who’s totally dependent on the C who sometimes watches two A trains speed by before on C comes doesn’t really see what people on the A train have to complain about. (more…)

05/29/13 1:28pm
"The Sprint," one of the many ways the G train keeps you fit. Photo by mili005 on Instagram.

“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.

04/15/13 8:00am
TMBG: Can't keep Johnnies down

TMBG: Can’t keep Johnnies down

1. Learn to make macrame plant holders, for all those plants you own, at Brooklyn Launchpad (Monday)

2. Or head to St. Vitus and learn what life is like for a black woman who spends her life hanging out in the metal scene, a subject Laina Dawes wrote a book about. Wonder if she thinks Slayer rules? (Monday)

3. Head to Branded, drink a couple beers, hang out with the Riders Alliance and make plans to put pressure on the MTA for better service after you’ve head a couple more beers (Tuesday)

4. Triangle man fights particle man in a lyrical smack down as They Might Be Giants play a free show at Academy Records (Tuesday) (more…)

04/11/13 2:43pm
G train

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…)

02/22/13 10:52am
Study hard, guys, study hard. via Flickr user The Eyes of New York

Study hard, guys, study hard. via Flickr user The Eyes of New York

The Riders Alliance has been working tirelessly to publicize the plight of the humble G train rider, from the lack of reasonable transfers to insane service disruptions to waiting for 100 days and 100 nights for the train to show up on a weekend. According to the Daily News, the MTA finally heard your cries and has promised action. Are they going to increase service? Give you a transfer between the G and the J? Even better: they’ve commissioned a study! (more…)

01/25/13 3:00pm
It's a noble train, yes it is. via Flickr user gmpicket

It’s a noble train, yes it is. via Flickr user gmpicket

We’ve got to hand it to the Riders Alliance: they want better service on the G train just like you and I do, but instead of drunkenly bitching about it on the platform late at night, they’ve been out on the streets fighting for it. It looks like their push is gaining momentum, because after holding a meeting and petitioning about it, they’re taking the next, funnest step in public advocacy: they’re holding a rally, what with the chants and the signs and the feeling of bonhomie, this Sunday. (more…)