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G whiz! Weekend service eliminated from Church Ave to Greenpoint

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Greenpoint was cut off from the rest of the city last weekend — and will be again for the next three weekends as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority eliminates service on the G train until Feb. 8.

The agency says that the weekend service cut between the Hoyt–Schermerhorn station and Queens is to accommodate track work and station repair, but Greenpoint resident Jobeth Cox was “full of rage” as she got ready to take a shuttle bus to the L on Bedford Avenue last weekend, which added 30 minutes to her weekend commute.

“They assume nobody’s working on the weekends, so they say, ‘Oh, we can shut ’er down now,” Cox said. “But forget public transportation, I’m starting to think rideshare.”

Shuttle buses replaced the G train — dubbed “the Brooklyn local” after the MTA extended it all the way to Church Avenue last year — between 10:30 pm on Fridays until 5 am Mondays.

During the first weekend of the service cut, the shuttle buses were crammed, and riders complained of minimal service.

The G service interruption comes on top of proposed spring service cuts that would devastate the already notoriously late train. But this round of headaches was not a money-saving venture.

“It’s all about repairs along several tracks,” said transit spokesman Charles Seaton.

The agency said that it will remove asbestos at the Greenpoint Avenue station, replace switches at the Bedford–Nostrand stop, and conduct routine maintenance on the entire line.

On a personal level, it could make this Greenpoint reporter late for a few night shifts.

Updated 6:10 pm, January 20, 2010: Story was updated to correct the time of the closure.
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Honey Bee from Greenpoint says:
First they close my favorite nightlife spot, the exit, now they shut down my subway. It's like you are all against me and I haven't done anything wrong.
Get a life and stop stealing mine.
G-train for G-point.

G- vibrations.
Jan. 15, 2010, 8:31 am
mgw from Williamsburg says:
It's not just late nights, right? My understanding is that the G will be shut down for four whole weekends, days and nights. This seems to back that up: http://travel.mtanyct.info/serviceadvisory/routeStatusResult.aspx?tag=G&date=1/15/2010&time=&method=getstatus
Jan. 15, 2010, 10:07 am
squeegee from slope says:
Gothamist also reported that it's gone all weekend: http://gothamist.com/2010/01/14/g_train_entirely_suspended_for_four.php

MTA website now shows NO info. I'm so glad they got a new website.
Jan. 15, 2010, 10:41 am
Bobby from BedStuy says:
Really, this isn't news. The A train has been interrupted with Fulton shuttles all last week. Now the G train gets a turn. Everybody must sacrifice a little so the tracks can be maintained.
Jan. 15, 2010, 11:21 am
mgw from Williamsburg says:
"Note the 10:30 pm to 5 am on ours and the Gothamist stories."

-Your- story says, "between 10:30 pm and 5 am on Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday." The actual closure is from 10:30 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday, which is something very different. Your headline still reads "Weekend night service eliminated from Church Ave to Greenpoint", which is technically true, but "All G Train service eliminated for four weekends" is more true, since it doesn't imply that the service will be available during the day.

Please to correct?
Jan. 15, 2010, 3:21 pm

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