The MTA should make G trains longer to carry more riders, said a local politician Tuesday, renewing calls to run full-size trains along the Brooklyn-to-Queens people mover.
The crosstown line runs from central Brooklyn up through Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and into Long Island City, Queens, but only has four train cars instead of the usual eight, which forces riders waiting at the wrong end to run halfway down the platform to board.
Transit officials in the past promised to double its length and increasing service temporarily during the L train shutdown, noted state Assemblymember Emily Gallagher during a Feb. 15 Albany budget hearing on transportation, asking leaders with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to revisit the idea.
“The G train follows along a line of incredible population growth in Brooklyn and Queens and we are still being served by stubby little cars that were promised to be extended … during the L train shutdown, but then never were when our former governor changed his plan around that,” Gallagher said.
“My district and the district near my district on the G train have the ridership that you are looking for, so we really need this expansion,” she added.
MTA Chairperson and CEO Janno Lieber said there were some “platform-related issues,” but he revealed the agency was eyeing the G train for upgraded signaling systems, which would make it easier to run more trains.
“We are prioritizing it to get new signals and one of the ways you have more and better service is by fixing signaling systems,” the transit guru said. “That is on deck as one of the next signaling projects we’re going to attack.”