MTA proposes changes to improve G train service

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Riders of the four-car G train will see improvements, and potentially more service, during weekday afternoons if funding can be found, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said Monday.

An MTA review, at the request of state Sens. Daniel L. Squadron (D-Brooklyn) and Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn), proposed changes to make the 11.4-mile line more predictable and operate more evenly.

"It really is everything we could have hoped," Squadron said at the Metropolitan Avenue G train station at a news conference with Riders Alliance, a transit user group.

The G train is the only line that serves Brooklyn and Queens without also going into Manhattan. Its ridership has increased 29 percent since 2003.

Despite this growth, ridership "still remains relatively low compared to the rest of the system," the MTA audit said.

Still, the report said an increase in evening peak service in mid-2014 is possible if the agency can cover $700,000 in operating costs. The additional service would mean 7.5 trips per hour between 3 and 9 p.m., a 25 percent increase, and reduce time between trains from 10 minutes to 8 minutes.

To make service more consistent, the MTA would adjust the stopping position of the trains and add signs by year's end so riders won't have to run to catch up to car doors.

One G train rider, Amy Jay, a Williamsburg writer who works in Long Island City, said the G train is "not very reliable" and welcomed the MTA's recommendations.

"I think it's really smart," she said. "It's the only line that connects all of Brooklyn."

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