Hundreds of impassioned straphangers are jumping onboard a movement to save the G train, demanding the MTA keep “The Brooklyn Local” alive by maintaining service at five stations in Park Slope, Windsor Terrace and Kensington.
In less than 24 hours, more than 500 riders signed a petition calling for the continuation of service on the beloved line, which now links North and Brownstone Brooklyns thanks to a rare route extension.
The line extension — which two and a half years ago brought G trains to the Fourth Avenue-Ninth Street, Seventh Avenue, Prospect Park-15th Street, Fort Hamilton Parkway and Church Avenue stations — is set to expire when the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s $257.5 million Culver Viaduct rehabilitation project ends next winter.
But not if transit-boosting pols have anything to say about it.
“We’re not going to take this lying down,” said Williamsburg District Leader Lincoln Restler, who started the petition. “At a time when the MTA is hiking costs and cutting service, the G train extension is the one silver lining.”
Restler says an elimination of G train service would sever a crucial one-seat ride that links important neighborhoods such as Park Slope and Greenpoint — a loss that would be felt by time-strapped straphangers and business owners who rely on the line to transport their clientele.
Commuters realized their Brooklyn-centric ride is inching closer to its last stop last week after the MTA wrapped up a station facelift at the Fourth Avenue–Ninth Street stop, marking a significant milestone for the project.
Riders soon began to rally for continued service in online forums. Councilman Brad Lander (D–Park Slope) and officials with the Straphangers Campaign have joined the fight to keep the service running — but so far the agency has been non-committal.
“No decision has been made,” MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz said on Monday.
G trainers vow to keep fighting.
“The population along this line is only growing,” said petition-signer Brianna Campbell. “It seems ludicrous that the MTA would want to cut service.”Reach reporter Natalie O'Neill at noneill@cn
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