It was the holiday miracle that somehow slipped past us, but we can still celebrate after the fact.

The MTA announced that they FINALLY plan to modernize the G-train signal system, amNY reports. They made the decision during December’s monthly board meeting.

The MTA awarded a $368 million contract to implement CBTC (communications-based train control) on a train line that feels largely forgotten (if you don’t enter Manhattan, don’t even think that the MTA is paying attention, I guess).

“The G would join the L and 7 trains as the only lines fully equipped with the modern signaling tech, replacing Great Depression-era analog signals with wireless communication arrays that enable the MTA to run trains closer together, and hence, run more trains period,” says amNY. 

The signal updates should help with the line’s reliability, hopefully putting an end to the dreaded G-train sprint. Considering that the area served by the train line has experienced immense population growth between the 2010 and 2020 censuses, the news of the planned updates comes as a relief.


However, the article also notes that the work will likely last for the next five years, so….there’s that.

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  1. Sounds good. On a related topic, the new B32 that runs thru Greenpoint on Franklin St is almost totally empty on non rush hours. (I don’t observe it on rush hours, hope it is full). The city can save money by eliminating it on non rush hours since if you miss it you have to wait 1/2 hour or more and it roughly takes the same route at the B62/B43.

  2. It is also important that the G line regain the remainder of its route to 71 / Continental Ave Forest Hills. Governor Pataki gave us back our night and weekend service to this destination in 2001. Then it was taken away from us with the justification that it would be 2 years for construction. We have not gotten it back. We should not be deprived of this service forever.

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