Preservation of G subway stops strengthens outerborough link

The city will make extensions to the G train in Brooklyn permanent, according to the city public advocate. The train is one of few connections between Queens and Kings counties.
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Queens will permanently become a little more connected to its neighbor after the Metropolitan Transportation Authority found some extra cash in its budget to pump into the G train, according to the city public advocate.

“Our message to the MTA was simple: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” said Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.

The G train is predominately a Brooklyn line, but runs from Kings County into Long Island City for two stops at 21st Street and Court Square, serving as one of a few connections to Brooklyn.

The MTA extended service on the line for five stops past its southern terminus in Brooklyn more than a year ago, but the city was considering axing the extended ride.

De Blasio set up a fan club for the stops called the “5-stop Fan Club” on Facebook to provide a venue for supporting the additional service.

“It looks like we’ve been heard,” he said.

Reach reporter Joe Anuta by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4566.

Posted 12:55 am, July 19, 2012
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Reader feedback

John Leon from Greenpoint says:
Why don't you look into restoring the remainder of
the stops on the G line in Queens. Governor Pataki
had promised us service on nights and weekends
between Court Square and 71/Continental Avenue
in Forest Hills.
After he was no longer in office, the MTA took away
our night and weekend service saying it would be for
two years. The 2 years are up and there is no mention
of restoring it!!!
July 22, 2012, 2:28 pm

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