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December, 2012

Smith–Ninth rehab running late, station won’t reopen for months

Transit: Transportation-starved Red Hook straphangers must wait several more months before the long-shuttered Smith–Ninth Street subway station finally reopens. Comments (15)

G train catch-22

Transit: Riding the G train might seem like a trip into Dante’s “Inferno,” but subway boosters claim it’s straight out of a Joseph Heller novel. Comments (26)

November, 2012

G notes: Commuters sick of paying for transfers on Brooklyn Local

Transit: Riders of the Brooklyn Local want a free Manhattan transfer. Comments (17)

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Alternate-side parking is back — at least for some parts of Brooklyn

Transit: The city announced that alternate-side parking will be back in effect on Wednesday, except for those neighborhoods still recovering from Hurricane Sandy. Comment

L yeah! Subway service returns to Williamsburg and Bushwick

Transit: The L train is back! Comments (1)

G train service returns

Transit: The “Brooklyn Local” is back! Comments (2)

North Brooklyn to MTA: Give us the G train … or at least give us shuttle buses

Williamsburg: Talk about the “ghost train.” Comments (9)

Here’s your Brooklyn subway system status!

Transit: It’s back to work for Brooklyn — so here’s an update on the status of the rails more than one week after the city’s subway system ground to a halt due to Hurricane Sandy. Comment

September, 2012

All aboard the MTA express!

Weekend Watch: Most of Brooklyn’s trains will be in tip-top shape, so get out there and enjoy the weekend. Comment

Very few trains will be running properly this weekend

Weekend Watch: Now that riding the subway — and waiting for trains at a subway station — is actually bearable again, the MTA has decided to find another reason for you not to ride the rails this weekend. Comment

August, 2012

Major changes on the rails — but only after midnight

Weekend Watch: You know what they say about gift horses, right? We’re thinking the same thing about the rails — we’re greeting the weekend with cautious optimism. Comment

July, 2012

Buses galore in Williamsburg

Williamsburg: Two new bus routes will ferry commuters around the bustling but transit-starved neighborhood of Williamsburg under a new Metropolitan Transportation Authority plan. Comment

G wiz! MTA plans to save the G train extension!

Save the G: The G train extension will not expire, transit officials say. Comments (4)

MTA’s new app tells passengers how late B61 bus will be

Transit: Tech-savvy riders of the B61 bus can track the whereabouts of the sometimes-flaky transit line as it runs its Downtown-to-Windsor Terrace route thanks to a satellite-guided system launched by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority last Sunday. Comments (2)

G train is musical muse: Write a subway-inspired song, win trip to Sweden

Save the G: The G train will feel more like the soul train thanks to a new songwriting contest rewarding crooners inspired by The Brooklyn Local. Comments (2)

June, 2012

To L and back! MTA adds new trains to North Brooklyn line

Williamsburg: Getting the L is about to get a bit easier thanks to an MTA plan to add more trains to the overcrowded North Brooklyn line. Comment

May, 2012

Ferry big news: Larger ships hit river this summer

DUMBO: They’re going to need some bigger boats. Comments (3)

Truck route bout: Big rigs may change lanes in Greenwood Heights

Greenwood Heights: The city says it will fix a much-loathed Greenwood Heights truck route by moving big rigs to other streets — but some residents say the plan is a trucking nightmare. Comments (26)

Drivers fear bike-share will replace parking in W’Burg, Heights

Mean Streets: Some Williamsburg and Brooklyn Heights residents are concerned that bike share docks could sacrifice on-street parking, but cyclists say bike docks are just another form of parking. Comments (82)

A rail solution for Nets games

Atlantic Yards: Nets fans will get twice as much railway service and about half as many parking spots at the soon-to-open Barclays Center under a plan to box-out street-clogging drivers from neighborhoods near the arena. Comments (37)

Rack-y road! Parking spot becomes bike slots in Slope

Mean Streets: Replacing a parking spot with bike racks is a different kind of fair trade for the owners of a famous Park Slope coffeehouse. Comments (37)

Buy land and buy sea? East River ferry operator wants to accept Metrocards

Williamsburg: The operator of a ferry line that connects Greenpoint, Williamsburg, and DUMBO with Manhattan wants to accept MetroCards — a proposal that could streamline payment and lure more landlubbers to commute across the East River, transit advocates say. Comments (5)

April, 2012

Ridership grows at stations serviced by G train extension, stats show

Save the G: Subway ridership has surged over the past three years at stations serviced by the at-risk G train extension, MTA figures reveal. Comments (1)

History shows it’s not the G train ‘extension’ — it’s the G train renewal

Save the G: Saving an at-risk extension of the G train won’t just make straphangers happy — it will preserve the beloved train’s historic role as the line for Brooklyn’s working populace, historians and transportation advocates say. Comment

Brooklynites really want to save the G train

Transit: The movement to save the beloved G train extension is picking up Brooklynites faster than a rush-hour train. Comment

March, 2012

Fare play: ‘Occupy’ ruse gives commuters free subway rides

Kensington: Brooklyn straphangers got free rides on Wednesday morning courtesy of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority — or so they thought. Comments (4)

This station is G-ross! Peeling ceiling is latest problem for G train riders

Downtown: G train riders already feel like the rug is getting pulled out from under them — now they feel like the ceiling is coming down on top of them as well. Comments (8)

Don’t go off the rails on these crazy trains!

Weekend Watch: Things are pretty screwed up on the rails this weekend. Thank heavens it’s bicycle weather! Comment

Cutting the G train will kill Brooklyn romances — really!

Save the G: Nixing an extension of the G line is an assault on love that will push many straphanging couples into long distance mode, or even break them up, lovebirds say. Comments (31)

February, 2012

Happy rails to you!

Weekend Watch: Good news! There are shouldn’t be many surprises for subway riders this weekend, though the J train will skip a few stops and the Q train remains out of commission. Comment

Get ready for Trainageddon!

Weekend Watch: L riders get the shaft this weekend. Comments (2)

Weekend watch: It’s getting weird out there!

Weekend Watch: L train riders dodge the bullet, but the D, N and R trains are wacky. Comment

January, 2012

It’ll be hell on the rails this weekend!

Weekend Watch: The MTA will be working on almost every line in the borough this weekend. Enjoy! Comment

UPDATE: MTA cancels all weekend service changes ahead of snow storm

Weekend Watch: BREAKING NEWS: Riding the train this weekend will be a bit easier. Comments (1)