The G Train Gets a Bandaid

Free Transfer Between the G and the JM at Broadway/Lorimer

We’ve been pretty concerned lately about the looming black hole of public transit that will be Greenpoint this Summer. As you may remember, we found out back in March that the G will be suspended for 5 weeks (July 26th through Sept. 1), between Nassau and LIC,  due to Sandy-related repairs under Newtown Creek. In addition, the India Street ferry doesn’t seem any closer to being repaired, leaving Greenpointers to depend on shuttle busses for their commutes during the month of August.

Today it seems that the city has figured out at least one solution to ease the pain… well “solution” is a strong word, so let’s just say they put a half-hearted bandaid on it. During the G closure, riders will be able to transfer to the JM train at the Broadway G stop. According to the Daily News, the new system will allow riders to exit the G at Broadway and walk a few blocks to the J/M stop at Lorimer for a free transfer. That’s nice for people who live near the Broadway G stop or further south along the G and need an efficient way to get to Midtown (those who would normally take the G to Court Square), but there’s still a major hole in the system: how do people who live near in North Greenpoint get to Broadway if they have no access to the G??

Commence press-worthy positive statements:

“We realize this vital work is going to be an inconvenience for our customers and we’re happy to provide this service to make it easier for people in those affected neighborhoods,” MTA spokesman Adam Lisberg told the Daily News.

“Free transfers will mean that a serious shutdown doesn’t strand riders and businesses,” said state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Brooklyn). “I praise the MTA for doing this.”

Again, this a great transfer option for people commuting from other Brooklyn neighborhoods via the G to Manhattan. However, it doesn’t really help anyone in Greenpoint. It would probably be easier to walk/bike/bus to the L train than to walk/bike/bus to the Metropolitan G, only to exit at Broadway and get on the JM. Just writing that made me stressed out.