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Tunnel vision: R, G train riders want more from MTA

Gee, are you kidding?

A group of politicians and activists are demanding that the MTA provide adequate replacements for the G and R trains when tunnel work literally stops the trains in their tracks before they leave the borough.

Plans to close the tunnel that takes the R train to Manhattan for 14 months beginning in August assume riders will switch to the 2,3,4, or 5, trains at the Court Street and Borough Hall station to get to the city, while shuttle buses will be provided to G-train riders who, for whatever reason, want to get to Queens when the tunnel work keeps the train in Brooklyn for 12 weekends this year and five weeks in 2014.

But that’s not enough for this group, who think the state agency needs to do more,

“The MTA should do everything in their power and then some,” Markowitz said outside Borough Hall on Thursday.

The group offered some suggestions for what the city could do instead, including increasing the frequency of service on nearby train lines, increasing bus service in the neighborhoods that are affected.

Riders said they understand the repairs have to be completed, but more consideration needs to be given to the people who use the service.

“The MTA needs to plan for the thousands of people whose lives will be disrupted,” said David Greenberg, an R-train rider and a member of subway advocacy group the Riders Alliance.

Reach reporter Jaime Lutz at jlutz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow her on Twitter @jaime_lutz.

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