[UPDATE] G Train Summer Shutdown: Check-In

by Heather Van De Mark on

Earlier this month, Senator Daniel Squadron held a check-in phone call regarding the G Train’s summer closure for Hurricane Sandy repairs. Residents were asked to share their feedback on the experience thus far. Below is list of some of the issues that arose and responses from the appropriate agencies. (Note: The content below was provided by Sen. Squadron’s office.)

MTA

  • Complaints about petroleum smell from MTA’s work on Manhattan from Calyer to Green. The MTA has reported the smells were related to a specific part of the work and they shouldn’t occur again here during the closure, but please contact them if that’s not the case.
  • Is it possible to get better public schedules for the shuttle service, as well as inclusion in bus-time? MTA notes that because the shuttle buses are pushed-out as needed by the dispatchers on duty, a written schedule posted in the Guide-A-Ride boxes would be misleading. They are currently working on implementing BusTime on a more general scale on all of our shuttle buses, but it probably will not be operative for this 5-week G shuttle bus operation.
  • Can the shuttle stop at India St and/or Metropolitan Ave?The MTA will not be changing stopping points, but notes that the B32 and B62 still stop at India Street and take customers close to the same location as the shuttle buses.
  • Can anything be done about drivers on regular bus routes skipping stops when a shuttle bus is there? Per the MTA, all shuttle bus operators should stop at all bus stops if customers are waiting to get on—this issue has been sent to Brooklyn Road Operations for their investigation. If this continues, please send our office specific instances.
  • Is it possible to reallocate space designated for parking on Lorimer at Bedford/Nassau to create more space for buses in order to improve traffic, and/or move the stop there to Manhattan Ave? Note: AM Lentol, MTA, DOT, NYPD have worked together on a solution here—should be in place now.
  • Can signage be improved on Brooklyn bound buses at Court Square, so as to better indicate whether a bus is routed via McGuinness or via Manhattan? All buses should have the paper cards that indicate their route destination. Please contact us with any reports of a bus not having the sign.
  • Can the B32 and B62 increase to 15-30 minute intervals at peak hours, and can the B24 and B32 run later than 9pm? The MTA reports that all field accounts indicate that increased service on the B32 and B62 is not warranted., and they are not planning on increasing the B24 and B32 routes’ service span, though will continue to monitor and evaluate. We’ll continue to advocate for service improvements, so contact us with questions or concerns.
  • Shuttle buses are delaying regular bus service, including the B43, B62, can that be corrected? The MTA is regularly inspecting – contact our office with any specific instances and we can follow-up.
  • Can a MetroCard mobile bus make a few stops in North Brooklyn during the outage? The MetroCard mobile sales vehicles are in strong demand and have been booked for months ahead. The MTA is unable to provide a vehicle during the 5-week G diversion, but notes that all unpaid areas to closed stations remain open throughout, with station agents and fare media machines in operation.

DOT

  • Can signage be restored to the Pulaski Bridge to increase pedestrian safety among cyclists? DOT has indicated that they believe the signage on the bridge to be sufficient — if you have signage suggestions though, let us know.
  • Pulaski bike lane construction has yet to begin, but many were expecting it to be completed by now–what is current project timeline? DOT expects construction will begin by early fall and should take less than a year. [Author’s note: The last GWAPP reported on the Pulaski Bridge bike lane was December 2013 when the project’s anticipated completion was scheduled for 2014.]

[Originally posted on Aug 13, 2014]

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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