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MTA Board To Take Up Improvements For G Subway Line

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The G is the shortest line with the fastest growing ridership in the entire subway system, and now the MTA is considering steps to deal with the train's increased importance to Brooklyn and Queens. NY1's Transit reporter Jose Martinez filed the following report.

The long wait for better service could soon be over for G train riders. On Monday, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority released its review of the G line, concluding that its 125,000 daily riders need trains to run more often during the afternoon rush.

"It is a lifeline for those who use it, and as we know, more and more and more do," said state Senator Daniel Squadron.

The plan calls for running trains every eight minutes instead of every 10 between 3 and 9 p.m., when the G has more riders. It would cost at least $700,000.

The MTA board is expected to take up the issue next week. The agency also plans to have the short, four-car trains stop at the same spot on a platform every time, so passengers don't have to race to get on -- the so-called G Train sprint.

"The MTA has put out a bunch of solutions, some take some additional funding, some don't. You know what they've really done? They've said to G train riders, 'We hear you,'" said Squadron.

The review followed calls from politicians and the Riders Alliance for better service along the 11.4-mile line that is limited to Brooklyn and Queens. But neighborhoods along the line are growing, and last year the G added more than 2,000 riders a day, more than any other line.

"These changes are going to make riding the G train a much better experience," said John Raskin of the Riders Alliance.

The prospect of a boost in service came as welcome news to G train riders who have grown tired of dealing with the line's daily quirks.

"This is the only way to get to certain places in Brooklyn and it's very difficult to get there without planning a half-hour or an hour in advance," said a rider.

"People that need to get back and forth or work in the evening or afternoon will travel a little bit better," said another rider.

In addition, weekend work to the tunnel to fix damage caused by Hurricane Sandy is expected to last through December. But at least there is the possibility of good news on the horizon for G train riders.

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