When the MTA announced that subway ridership is at its highest level since 1946, it couldn't have come as a surprise to straphangers on the G line, and now, some are calling for more trains to be added to the line. NY1's Jose Martinez filed the following report.
It's the smallest line, with the biggest growth in ridership.
New Metropolitan Transportation Authority figures show that the G line had the highest percentage average weekday ridership bump in 2012 for the entire subway system.
That has transit advocates calling on the MTA to expand service along the G, whose trains have only four cars and stick to Brooklyn and Queens.
"G train riders don't need the MTA data to know that the train's too crowded and there's too many people trying to get on," said John Raskin, executive director of Riders Alliance. "But now, the numbers came out, and it's official. The G train is increasing faster than any other train. We need more trains."
MTA officials point to residential growth in the neighborhoods along the G line, such as Williamsburg, Bushwick, Fort Greene and Greenpoint, for the line's 4.2 percent increase in ridership.
"This neighborhood is up and coming, and there needs to be more G trains," said one resident.
Many stations along the G have shown triple-digit increases in ridership. The Fulton Street Station in Fort Greene had the biggest increase, with 257 more riders each weekday. Overall, it amounts to nearly 2,000 more straphangers per day on the G.
The MTA says it's taking a hard look at the latest ridership numbers, but according to an MTA spokesman, the last time the agency did that, the level of service on the G was found to be sufficient.
While advocates say the numbers don't lie, the MTA points out that the G has relatively low ridership system-wide.
The agency expects to wrap up its review of the line by June.