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Straphangers Left in the Lurch as G, L Train Service Restoration Lags Behind

A call for shuttle bus service to replace subway lines still shuttered by Sandy.

Commuters from Clinton Hill to Greenpoint awoke Monday morning to the prospect of a commute of up to four hours due to the continued suspension of G train service and L train service to Manhattan.

And even transit officials are unsure of when it will get better.

On Saturday, MTA chairman Joseph Lhota said the L train tunnel under the East River remained "wall-to-wall" with water. Transit officials also said the G train tunnel underneath Newtown Creek had seen flooding and damage.

Lhota said his best estimate of full restoration of service was "later this week."

Update, 1:43 p.m.: District Leader Lincoln Restler is circulating this petition asking MTA to set up shuttle bus service on the G line and at shuttered L line stations.

Update, 11:43 a.m.: The Canarsie Tunnel, which links Manhattan and Brooklyn via the L line, remains flooded, according to an MTA spokeswoman.

"We don't predict when work will be done," she said.

No word yet on possible limited G train service to and from Hoyt-Schermerhorn station. Check back for updates.

So as almost every other subway line was restored in time for the Monday morning commute, G and L train riders remain in same spot as last week — stranded.

Though the G train does not go into Manhattan, riders using Clinton Hill-Washington Av station north to Greenpoint Av station depend on the service to connect to other subway lines.

Councilwoman Letitia James, D-Fort Greene, called on the MTA to institute shuttle bus service along the G train line and shuttered stations along the L line.

"The shuttle buses were very helpful in helping residents travel during the halted subway service," James said. "It would be wonderful if the MTA could provide temporary shuttle service along the L and G subway lines until full service is restored."

Williamsburg residents have the option of taking East River ferry service operating on a close to normal weekday schedule. The Greenpoint ferry landing remains closed due to damage from Hurricane Sandy.

That leaves other riders from Fort Greene to Bed-Stuy with one sure-fire but unappealing alternative: to walk.

"The G train was just an experiment gone bad. Forget it ever existed," joked Doug Marino on Facebook.

Mark November 05, 2012 at 03:36 PM
So why isn't the G running? I hear that a station may have flooded but why couldn't the rest of the line operate? This part of Brooklyn always gets the worst subway service. What are our elected official doing to change that?
Tee November 05, 2012 at 03:48 PM
I agree how come the train can't run from at least Hoyt-Schermerhorn to Metropolitan Avenue then provide shuttle buses. That would alleviate some of the commute just a little.
aleighstn November 05, 2012 at 04:38 PM
"That leaves other riders from Fort Greene to Bed-Stuy with one sure-fire but unappealing alternative: to walk" -- B38. B38. One of the best bus lines in Bklyn.
Bobi November 05, 2012 at 05:33 PM
In September, no one bothered to vote to keep Lincoln Restler who fought the keep the G running amongst other things. Now we're stuck with Vito Lopez's henchman: Chris Olechowski, So, our elected official for Williamsburg, Fort Green and Greenpoint couldn't care less unless it's a construction contract putting money into people's pockets. The G may not be around too much longer anyhow. ENJOY!
Mark November 05, 2012 at 08:50 PM
The problems with the G hasn't just been in the last week of course. It only runs 4 cars. They seem to be the oldest cars in the entire system. Other subway trains have electronic boards to tell you next stoeps , the time, messages. We don't even have a map showing the G line stops posted on the train. Some other stations have electronic boards saying when the next trainis coming. We have the worse of everything in the subway system, Including 4 day a week alternate side of the street parking once you cross from Clinton Hill to Bedford. And by elected officials, I mean City council members, assemblymembers, senators, etc

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