The G train has been stopping at 4th Avenue-9th Street, 7th Avenue, 15th Street-Prospect Park, Fort Hamilton Parkway, and Church Avenue since May 2009 because of the Culver Viaduct Rehabilitation Project. But when the project is completed toward the end of 2013, the MTA may once again make Smith Street-9th Street the last stop.
Three online petitions have been created to give riders an opportunity to speak out against this cut in service.
The petition created on March 5th by Lincoln Restler, District Leader for the 50th Assembly District in Williamsburg, has collected 4,526 signatures, with a goal of 5,000.
The G links Brooklyn neighborhoods that otherwise are not readily accessible to one another by bus or subway. The extension into Park Slope, Windsor Terrace and Kensington was one boost in service after years of cuts and fare hikes. The G train is our Brooklyn Local.
The petition created on March 10th by Working Families Party has 7,616 signatures, with a goal of 10,000.
That means no G service to Park Slope or Kensington, and no transfer to the N/R line.
The petition created on March 16th by Bill de Blasio, Public Advocate for the City of New York, doesn't state how many signatures it has.
It was created in partnership with the NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, State Senator Eric Adams, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Councilmember Sara Gonzalez, Councilmember Letitia James, Councilmember Brad Lander, Councilmember Stephen Levin, Assemblymember James Brennan, and Assemblymember Hakeem Jeffries.
We need to keep up pressure on the MTA to maintain service along the G train through Park Slope, Windsor Terrace and Kensington— otherwise local, small businesses will suffer.
Save the G train extension!