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You’ll Never Guess What’s the Fastest-Growing Subway Line


Is it the 8th Avenue A/C/E, servicing Manhattan’s ever-growing West Side? How about the L, shuttling the huddling masses out to Williamsburg and Bushwick? No, the fastest-growing subway line in the system is the lowly G Train, which gained no less than 2,000 riders every week in 2012.

That’s a big number, but what does it mean? It gives more ammo to the straphangers’ advocates who have long argued that the Manhattan-averse line needs increased service, and suggests that this years MTA line review of the G may actually convince the transit authority to run trains more often.

MTA spokesperson Kevin Ortiz is unsure. “We will of course use the latest ridership figures as we assess G line service, but total ridership is only one of the elements we use to determine levels of service,” he told the Brooklyn Paper. “The last time we looked at ridership trends, the level of service on the G was sufficient, but we will continue to analyze.”

(Photo: Bitch Cakes/Flickr)