The G Train Is Back, So We Can All Resume Complaining About It

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There it is.
After five weeks of beauty sleep and Sandy repairs, the G train is back in service between Nassau Avenue in Brooklyn and Court Square in Queens. Time to resume your awkward jogs to the middle of the platform, as well as your ceaseless complaints about the train's unpredictable schedule, long wait times, and overall suck.

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New Yorkers Barely Missing the G Train Video "Comes from a Place of Deep-Rooted Hatred"

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While we all know that technically the G is on time more often than any other train line, "technically" means very little when it's 1 a.m. and you're helplessly watching the back of a train as it pulls away. Because you know that once that train is gone, you will wait. And wait. And wait. You'll knit a scarf. You'll revise your will. Grow a knee-length beard, learn a second language, undergo numerous religious conversions, and still, the next damn G train will not arrive.

Like many of us, Audrey Stanfield has spent the last year living off the G train, a year filled with loathing and "deep-rooted hatred," she says. The 26-year-old actress co-hosts a weekly show at the Upright Citizen's Brigade, and makes videos that have appeared on Funny or Die and the Huffington Post. But mostly, this past year, she's waited for the G.

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The Changes to the G Train Are Actually Going to Happen!!

Categories: G Train, Happiness

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Remember when the MTA admitted that the G train needed a serious tuning up, but then slapped a price tag of $700,000 on the needed fixes? We thought that a better G train commute would forever lay just out of reach, but we were wrong! The MTA found an extra $18 million lying around, so the G, and so many other transit lines put out of service due to lack of funds, will finally be less of a pain in the ass.

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MTA Study Explains Why the G Train Sucks So Much

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Back in February, our friends at the MTA announced they would be conducting a full review of the G line, one that would take stock of the crosstown local's many, many deficiencies. The results, G riders hoped, would eventually offer them some relief from the indignities endured on a daily basis. Yesterday, the MTA unveiled its findings.

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John Raskin Has a Plan to Make the G Train Less God-Awful

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G is for greenbacks, baby.
It's been a long, mean winter for the MTA. In 2010, the agency's budget woes led to a 7.5 percent fare increase, 1,000 lost jobs, and draconian service cuts across the boroughs. In 2011, Governor Cuomo reached an agreement with unions to freeze wages, and 2012 got by, barely, without cuts or hikes.

But now for some good news: 2013 is looking way, way better. And as the Voice's John Surico mentioned last month, there's even a little unexpected cash involved--the 2013-2014 budget passed in Albany surpassed the MTA's expectations by some sweet $40 million. Now, the obvious question: How the hell do we spend it?

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New G Train Ridership Stats Prove Why a Full Line Review Is Needed ASAP

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A few months ago, we learned that the MTA would bow to the demands of everyone and finally take a look at the dreaded G train. You know, the Crosstown Express, the green one, the one that comes whenever the hell it wants. A full line review and decision will come in July and, if yesterday's news is any sign, there's no better time for this subway to get a makeover.

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UPDATE: The G Train ('Crosstown Local') Will Get Its Full Line Review

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[UPDATE, February 22nd]

Looks like the public campaign by State Senator Daniel Squadron and others to refocus attention on the increasingly popular G train worked in the end.

According to the Daily News, the MTA has agreed to conduct a Full Line Review of the green line in an attempt to make the line run faster and smoother. A spokesman from Mr. Squadron's office informed the Voice that the judgement call for improvement will come some time in July.

Here's a statement from the Senator on the matter:

"G train riders spoke. Now, this Full Line Review will give us real answers to lead to real changes," said Senator Daniel Squadron. "Working together in the past, we've made dramatic improvements throughout the system -- including first-of-their-kind Full Line Reviews that led to better F and L train service. The MTA deserves great credit for its willingness to continue working together toward the reliable service G train riders deserve. Thank you to Senator Dilan, our colleagues, and the Riders Alliance for their continued advocacy."

South Brooklyners, rejoice!

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Have You Seen... Snatcher on the G Train

On the afternoon of November 19, cops say this guy grabbed a woman's property on the G train platform in Williamsburg and split. The video shows him in flight. They describe him as 15 to 18 years old, 5'5", wearing blue jeans, a blue jacket, and white sneakers at the time.

If you have info, NYPD asks that you call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477)., or visit WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, or text to 274637 (CRIMES) and then enter TIP577.

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