Most People Will Do Almost Anything to Avoid the G Train, Survey Shows

Categories: G-Train Woes

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Like owning five cheap umbrellas that have all turned inside out, or having a significantly closer cultural notion of personal space than most of America, you're probably not a New Yorker (yet) if you haven't complained (loudly and in public) about the G train. Not only does the line apparently have the ability to ruin relationships, but a new survey out from Riders Alliance gives evidence as to why--83 percent of more than 300 people asked have done almost anything to avoid it.

Of those people, 48 percent have chosen to walk to another train or bus to avoid the G at some point in time, and 46 percent have just said "screw it" and walked to point B. Forty percent of riders say they usually know where the train will stop on the platform, but 60 percent said they could attest to something the Riders Alliance calls the "G train sprint"--when, in that horrible moment you realize that the train will not stop at your feet, you run-like-hell-goddammit, arms flailing, to catch your ride.

Nearly a quarter of riders also said they'd support the idea of free transfers to other lines, were the MTA to implement them, from the Broadway and Fulton G stations.

Last month, the Riders Alliance--a grassroots organization founded by John Raskin, former chief of staff for state Senator Daniel Squadron--announced it would be lobbying the MTA to invest the extra $40 million of fat it found in its budget toward restoring service in Bay Ridge and enhancing transit for lines like the G.

In line with its mission to reach out to riders who feel the pain but aren't yet civically engaged in transportation issues, the organization also released the video below, highlighting the "G Train Workout Plan," complete with pulsating synth to get you in the groove.

The MTA is undertaking a review of G train service, which will wrap up in June.

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9 comments
stanchaz
stanchaz

The REASON that G train riders need to squeeze and sprint is because the MTA has arbitrarily changed its designation of the G train to a "SHUTTLE". This allows it to run shorter 4 car trains that are more packed (and often stop far from the stairs). Plus they save money (at our expense-and endangering riders) by having OPTO on shuttles- which is One Person Train Operation instead of the normal two (i.e. train operator & door operator). With OPTO (only allowed on shuttles) it's only one person on the train- up front. CHANGE the G train's designation from a shuttle and you will improve the line! The G train has more stops than some other :”full-fledged” subwy lines..( and a growing ridership). We ain’t no freakin’ shuttle!

Thomas Johnson Jr
Thomas Johnson Jr

I LOVE the G train. Only train that doesn't enter Manhattan. Rarely tourists, almost always working class New Yorkers. I commute on the G train for years and never had a problem

Foaf Ian
Foaf Ian

It used to be so 'ugh' that it needed two 'G's

Robert Acosta
Robert Acosta

For me, the G train isn't so terrible during the week (though it has its moments) but the weekend ends up being the worse.

Thomas Michael Corcoran
Thomas Michael Corcoran

If it ran regular hours and complete route it would be fine! Why do they fuck it up so much?!

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