North Brooklynites Plead For Restored G and L Train Service

11.06.12 Andy Cush

More than a week after Hurricane Sandy, many commuters are finally settling into normalcy, as nearly every subway line is back up and running in some fashion–every line, that is, but the oft-neglected G Train. The G, which shuttles straphangers from Kensington, Brooklyn up to Long Island City, is the only train in the system that doesn’t ever enter Manhattan, and the only one that remains completely shuttered, with no service at all. And some Brooklynites are not happy.

Democratic Assemblyman Joe Lentol, who represents Greenpoint, says his office’s phones “have begun to overheat from calls this morning regarding the G line being the only line still completely suspended and the limited services on the L line.” The L, while technically running, is only operating between Broadway Junction and Canarsie in eastern Brooklyn.

One former politician, erstwhile Democratic district leader Lincoln Restler, teamed up with Councilwoman Letitia James to write a Change.org petition asking the transit authority to provide shuttle buses along the G line. In just one day, the petition generated over 2,000 signatures.

Though life without the G and L is tough, it’s nothing compared to the transit woes of Rockaways residents, who may face months without A train service to their area.

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