The Plot Thickens in the Fight to Save the G

A subway map from the early '70s reveals that the so-called G train extension isn't an extension at all.

A new argument has sprouted in the fight to save the five southernmost stops of the G train.

Called a temporary extension by the Metropolitan Transit Authority, a subway map from the early 1970s shows that the five stop stretch, which connects Park Slope, Windsor Terrace and Kensington to northern Brooklyn and Queens, isn't an extension at all, but a restoration of the original line.

Take a look for yourself at the image above, which was posted to a local listserv: It's paler than today's version, but the there's no doubt that the green-colored line goes straight down to Church Avenue.

The MTA has yet to say for certain whether the line will in fact be cut short once the overhaul of the Culver Viaduct is completed in 2014, despite ardent protests from thousands of straphangers that rely on the famously sluggish train to commute between Brooklyn and Queens.

Larry March 30, 2012 at 06:06 PM
The G train helps tie together solid and solider sections of Brooklyn by making them accessible to people without cars. Doing away with the "extension" is simply stupid on many fronts.
Cody March 31, 2012 at 12:28 AM
It's simply a lack of foresight. Greater ridership in neighborhoods that are only becoming more popular equals greater ridership. The MTA is just lazy. They have to great greater accessibility to have greater accessibility. Anything else is just punitive cuts to already undeserved neighborhoods. Call me when you wake up MTA.


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