Assemblyman Joseph Lentol wrote a letter to MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas Prendergast requesting an increase in G line service and capacity immediately.
“The impending L line shutdown will certainly cause headaches for many riders, but providing them with increased service on the G line will do wonders to proactively alter their ridership patterns,” Lentol wrote. “Furthermore, since the G line review in 2013, the population in North Brooklyn has unquestionably increased by leaps and bounds, making service increases even more necessary.”
According to the 2013 report, the G train functions as a “feeder and distributor line,” with many riders taking it to transfer to other lines on their commutes. G train riders make twice as many transfers than the average rider, and as a result riders experience longer wait times.
Lentol argued that’s why the MTA should increase frequency and service.
“Although I am told suitable train cars from other lines are not available to increase service, there is no better time to invest in new train cars and increased service as the G line has been the ugly stepchild of the MTA for way too long,” he wrote.
Although other modes of transportation like increased ferry service and Select Bus Service (SBS) have been proposed, Lentol said he’s “almost certain” commuters will use alternate subway routes, which is why increased service is imperative.
As the J, M, Z and G lines anticipate increased ridership, Lentol said wait times are already bad, making the case for more service.
“If you ride the G during rush hour, I am sure you have thought to yourself, ‘sardines have it better than G line riders,’” he said.