MTA Explores Closing Several G Train Subway Stops

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — In 2009, the MTA added five stops to the G subway line, from Fourth to Church Avenues, but those stops are now at risk of closure.

“And now, what are they talking about possibly eliminating? One of their few success stories? Mashugana! ” said Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.

“Which if you’re not from Brooklyn, means ‘crazy’,” State Senator Daniel Squadron said. “I guess the problem is the G is working too well.”

Business owners along the stops are concerned that the closures would cut into their bottom lines, including Eugenie Woo, who owns a coffee shop on Greenwood Avenue.

“There’s a growing number of people who are coming out to us from other areas in Brooklyn that aren’t on the F line,” she told WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman. “I think that anyone’s, any business’ concerned here.”

The MTA hasn’t finalized the decision to cut back, however, saying it’s studying the situation.

In response, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio set up a web campaign so straphangers can send a message to the MTA.

“You can look it up, 5 Stop Fan,” he said.

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  • VY

    In rush hours every other F train should run express to and from Church Ave. to Jay Street. The F train is the only train that runs from Brooklyn to Manhattan (not counting the L train) that does not have an express portion of the Brooklyn end of the route. There also could be a few select super express F trains the continue express to Kings Highway, then local to Coney Island in the afternoon rush, and reverse in the morning rush. This would not require additional trains or employees. Just rejuggle the existing number of trains, also the required tower personel are already in the affected towers.

  • The Realist

    First… The Park Slope crowd KNEW ALL ALONG that the “G” extension was supposed to be TEMPORARY, and now they’re complaining that the extension is only temporary.

    Second… Those stations are NOT closing; the “F” train will still be there.

    • joey fom B'hurst

      The MTA cut the “G” back from the original terminus at Church Ave in the 1980’s, when it was known as the “GG.” This is a case of “cost-cutting” by mismanagement.

      Church Ave has a tower, crew room, lay-up track, and the switch tracks, being indoors, do not require a maintenance crew in inclement weather. Smith-9th Streets is a haven for robberies due to its location, and elevation from the street level token booth..

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