G-saster! Train cut on weekends

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Greenpoint will remain cut off from the rest of the city for another two weekends, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority quietly revealed this week.

The agency, which curtailed weekend G-train service last month for trackwork, now says that the repairs will continue through the entire month of February.

There will be other shut-downs during the year, but not until “seven or eight weeks” from now, said a New York City Transit spokeswoman.

“And that work will not [require] a total suspension,” said the spokeswoman, Deirdre Parker.

The work is taking longer because one weekend’s repairs were cancelled for that early February snowstorm that never actually came.

The work — which knocks out the neighborhood’s only underground link to the rest of the borough between Friday at 10:30 pm until Monday at 5 am — was initially supposed to be completed by Feb. 8. It involves “switch replacement” at the Beford-Nostrand station.

Shuttle busses will replace the G train between Greenpoint Avenue and Jay Street-Borough Hall — where Church Avenue-bound riders will have to hop a different shuttle because (you guessed it) the F train is also out for trackwork for this weekend and next.

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cd from wb says:
you should also mention how the G train service during the week has dropped off so much. It's awful. Took me an hour and a half to get to jay street from greenpoint.
Feb. 19, 2010, 2:33 pm
Trevor Boyer from Clinton Hill says:
Apart from being down all day President's Day, when a lot of people actually did have to work, the G also shut down completely at about 10:00am on Tuesday and 12:00pm on Friday. With no warning or explanation. That's three weekdays out of five.

Is the MTA trying to lower our expectations to the point that we no longer rely on the subway as our primary mode of transportation?
Feb. 20, 2010, 1:30 pm
jay from pslope says:
Don't forget that the F train will be shut down on weekends off and on for the next 11 months. It too is also the ONLY line for a number of hoods. A lot of people work on weekends and this is really going to be bad for them, and no, the shuttle buses do not work. In the meantime the MTA is cutting overall service as well, threatening another fare increase and they just figured out that they "mis-estimated" their budget deficit by 100% Oh and no, you don't get to vote them out of office and you can't go to a competitor. They apparently routinely break the law and nothing, NOTHING ever happens. MTA you suck worse than the Mets!
Feb. 21, 2010, 7:30 pm

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