More Greenpoint Transportation Updates

by Heather Van De Mark on

As a follow up to April’s G Train Shutdown town hall meeting, State Senator Squadron’s office has released the following update below. As previously noted, the G Train will shut down between Court Square and Nassau Avenue from July 26 to September 1 for Hurricane Sandy repairs. Free shuttle buses will run the stops between Court Square and Lorimer/Metropolitan. View shuttle map.

From Squadron’s office:

  • The MTA, which runs buses and subways, has committed to:
    • Providing riders with a free transfer between the Broadway G and Lorimer J/M stops (a first time concession!)
    • Monitoring B32 bus usage and possibly increasing its frequency.
    • Ensuring planned service outages do not occur on the L, J, M or Z lines during closure.
  • The Coast Guard and Department of Transportation (DOT) will work together to keep the Pulaski Bridge from interfering with traffic patterns, including instituting blackout periods on raising the bridge and potentially putting a moratorium on raising during peak hours.
  • The DOT will coordinate to ensure that construction on the Pulaski Bridge won’t interfere with shuttle buses for the G, and that there won’t be any major roadwork or construction along the shuttle route.
  • We continue to be clear: the City EDC, which is in charge of ferries, must ensure the India Street ferry landing is safely repaired in advance of the closure, and the free shuttle service my office secured will keep running until the ferry landing is repaired.
  • The NYPD has committed to patrol and monitor shuttle service routes, and to request additional borough-wide and citywide resources should there be problems.
  • In addition, all of the results from the G train Full Line Review I called for last year — in collaboration with the MTA, Riders Alliance, Senator Dilan, and my colleagues — including a 25% service increase in afternoon rush hours, signage indicating where the G stops on the platform, more evenly-spaced trains, and installation of announcement systems, were implemented June 9th.

The announcement also says Squadron will hold a “check-in conference call” in early August. Concerned residents can contact his office at 718-875-1517 to get a full breakdown of all the questions and answers from the town hall, or to discuss other ideas or concerns on this or any other issue.

Click to view full letter [PDF].

Heather Van De Mark

Heather Van De Mark

Heather is a designer/writer specializing in non-profit organizations and social causes. Originally from central NY, Heather settled into the charming Greenpoint neighborhood in 2011. While most of her community activism takes place from behind a computer screen, Heather can often be found at CB1 meetings, the McCarren Park track and any of the parks along the waterfront.
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