G and M trains finally get big boost under MTA service improvement plan

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G trains will now arrive every eight minutes on weekdays from 3 to 9 p.m.

Finally, the wait is over.

G stands for “good news” for strap-hangers who depend on the G train and M stands for “more weekend service” as the M train adds more runs.

Additional service started on the G line today, June 9, 2014 and over the weekend on the M:

  • the G will operate every 8 minutes (G operates every 10 minutes currently), from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and it will stop at the same place on the platform.
  • M trains operate from Middle Village, Queens to Delancey St-Essex St. in Manhattan on weekends  from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., instead of terminating at Myrtle Av in Brooklyn.
  • Service is restored on the B37 bus in southwest Brooklyn, as well as B70 bus service on Seventh Avenue and B8 bus service to the Bay Ridge-95 St subway station.
  • Weekend service is restored on the M8 bus across lower Manhattan and the Q31 bus through eastern Queens.
  • Sunday service has been established on the Q77 bus through eastern Queens.
  • Midday and evening service has been added to the S93 bus between Bay Ridge, Brooklyn and the College of Staten Island campus.
  • The M100 bus in northern Manhattan will serve new neighborhoods along Dyckman Street and Tenth Avenue.
  • The Bx24 bus in the eastern Bronx is extended to Hutchinson Metro Center.
  • New select bus routes are being considered in Queens with the addition of the M60 thru Harlem to LaGuardia.
  • Some Express Bus routes in the Eltingville area of Staten Island will be routed through the Lincoln Tunnel for faster service.
  • Bus service in the Co-Op City area is being studied to identify service gaps and propose possible solutions.

The MTA announced most of these improvements in July of 2013.

State Senators Daniel Squadron and Martin Malave Dilan requested a full line review in early 2013, along with members of the Riders Alliance, a grassroots organization of subway and bus riders.

“Today the G rarely means the beginning of a great ride,” said Senator Squadron. “These improvements will help commutes on this important line—and hopefully make lives a little easier for the riders who depend on it. I’m glad the MTA was responsive to our request for a full line review, and for implementing these important service upgrades. I look forward to continuing to work with the MTA, Riders Alliance, and my colleagues on continued service improvements and full-line reviews across the system.”

“Following the review, the need for improved service on the G train couldn’t have been more apparent,” said Senator Dilan. “Thankfully, increased service is soon to be a reality for those who rely on the G line. I commend Senator Squadron and the Riders Alliance for their efforts and the MTA for their partnership throughout the process.”

According to a statement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the MTA would be spending an estimated $7.9 million on new subway and bus service, with an additional$5.9 million spent on “customer environment” with additional track and station cleaning, more staff at stations and for maintenance, better turnstile layouts and more security cameras.

With the changes on the G and M train alone, the commute for nearly 52,000 commuters will improve.

In 2010, service cuts and reductions totaling about $93 million impacted many routes. The MTA has worked to restore about half of them.

MTA officials also point to investments of $2.6 million in five new weekday LIRR trains:

  • Service every half-hour on weekends will be established in both directions to Ronkonkoma and will be restored to Port Washington.
  • Weekend service to Greenport will be extended for 10 weeks.
  • A new 4:09 p.m. weekday train will run from Penn Station to Ronkonkoma.
  • A new 7:00 p.m. weekday train will run from Ronkonkoma to Penn Station.
  • A new 8:22 p.m. weekday train will run from Penn Station to Hicksville.
  • A restored 4:37 p.m. weekday train will run from Penn Station to Wantagh.
  • A restored 4:57 p.m. weekday train will run from Penn Station to Freeport.
  • A half-hourly weekend service to Ronkonkoma and Port Washington, and weekend service to Greenport for an additional 10 weeks.”

Gov. Cuomo reports the MTA will invest $1.7 million in Metro-North Railroad to add real-time customer information displays at all of its stations in New York State by 2020.

The MTA added 230 new trains per week in service investments over last year.

The MTA updates it’s Financial Plan every July. In 2013, it also included an additional $11.5 million for New York City Transit and Long Island Rail Road to adjust service, largely to the frequency of service on existing routes where necessary to meet agency service guidelines for customer loading and waiting.

At next month’s MTA Board meeting, this year’s updated Financial Plan will be discussed. This time around, it will include fare and toll hikes for 2015, which are forecasted to be about 4 percent.

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