No night train: G quits running between Bedford and Church Avenue overnight this week

G notes: Commuters sick of paying for transfers on Brooklyn Local
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

The G train is going to be even more of a pain for night owls this week.

The Brooklyn Local, sometimes referred to as the “Ghost Train” for its elusive nature, will vanish completely along half of the line overnight from tonight until Friday, Jan. 10 for track work, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced.

“We shut the track down in both directions to allow the workers to work without disruptions,” said agency spokeswoman Marisa Baldeo.

The stoppage is part of the ironically named Fast Track program, which speeds work while knocking out overnight service for days or weeks at a time. The 10 pm to 5 am disruption affects the stretch of track between the Bedford–Nostrand station in Bedford-Stuyvesant and the end of the line at Church Avenue in Kensington. A free shuttle bus will make stops between Bedford–Nostrand and Jay Street–MetroTech, where long-suffering G riders can hop on the F for the rest of the route.

The hard times for barflies and night workers are a taste of things to come for Greenpointers, who will face five straight weeks without service between the Nassau Avenue stop and Court Square in Queens, starting on July 28, when the tunnel under Newtown Creek closes for additional work to repair damage from Hurricane Sandy.

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