G Train Sucked So Much, Shuttle Busses Are Better

August 26, 2014 | Sophie Weiner

Few New Yorkers welcome subway construction and the inconveniences of alternative transportation, but in the case of the G train’s current closure, riders are more concerned about what’s going to happen when regular service is back. Commuters have reported that in the five weeks that the G train has been down, they actually prefer the free shuttle busses running between Nassau Avenue and Court Square. “The shuttle is always there,”  Tiffany Elisca told DNAinfo“And it’s free.”

However, the MTA says the shuttle busses have been “extremely expensive” for the city, possibly because shuttle busses transport so few people at a time compared to a subway train.

The shuttles, which each fit about 50 people, are scheduled to run every two to three minutes on the McGuinness Boulevard route and every four minutes on the Manhattan Avenue route until 8 p.m., according to a spokesman.

At night, the buses run about every five minutes, the spokesman said.

Meanwhile, the G train is scheduled to run every 8 to 20 minutes, depending on the time of day, with each four-car train fitting about 580 people.

The G train is considered one of the worst trains in the city, but studies have shown it isn’t the slowest or the dirtiest. Recently, the 2 train was ranked as the worst in the city. (Photo: Emmanuel N.)