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G Train Riders Want Reasonable Transportation Options While Sandy Repairs Are Ongoing

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G train riders near the Brooklyn-Queens border say they're being left without reasonable transportation options because of weekend repairs of damage from Hurricane Sandy.

Mayoral candidate and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is calling on the MTA to subsidize East River Ferry service for people who board in Greenpoint or Long Island City.

She says people should only have to pay the $2.50 they'd be paying for a subway.

The weekend shutdown affects four stations between Court Square in Long Island City and Nassau Avenue in Greenpoint.

Shuttle buses are being provided, but area residents say it's not enough.

"Can't take 3 hours to get to work on a Saturday," said Renee Melnichenko, the owner of Tomcats Barber Shop. "A bus to a train to a bus to a train is no good for me."

"We're lucky we have this East River Ferry option, but we want to make sure that for Long Island City and Greenpoint residents, it isn't an option that's taking more money out of their wallets and pocketbooks," Quinn said.

This is the sixth of 12 planned weekends of work.

More work is planned the next two weekends.

The rest will be spread out through December.

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