Like owning five cheap umbrellas that have all turned inside out, or having a significantly closer cultural notion of personal space than most of America, you’re probably not a New Yorker (yet) if you haven’t complained (loudly and in public) about the G train. Not only does the line apparently have the ability to ruin relationships, but a new survey out from Riders Alliance gives evidence as to why–83 percent of more than 300 people asked have done almost anything to avoid it.
Of those people, 48 percent have chosen to walk to another train or bus to avoid the G at some point in time, and 46 percent have just said “screw it” and walked to point B. Forty percent of riders say they usually know where the train will stop on the platform, but 60 percent said they could attest to something the Riders Alliance calls the “G train sprint”–when, in that horrible moment you realize that the train will not stop at your feet, you run-like-hell-goddammit, arms flailing, to catch your ride.
Nearly a quarter of riders also said they’d support the idea of free transfers to other lines, were the MTA to implement them, from the Broadway and Fulton G stations.
Last month, the Riders Alliance–a grassroots organization founded by John Raskin, former chief of staff for state Senator Daniel Squadron–announced it would be lobbying the MTA to invest the extra $40 million of fat it found in its budget toward restoring service in Bay Ridge and enhancing transit for lines like the G.
In line with its mission to reach out to riders who feel the pain but aren’t yet civically engaged in transportation issues, the organization also released the video below, highlighting the “G Train Workout Plan,” complete with pulsating synth to get you in the groove.
The MTA is undertaking a review of G train service, which will wrap up in June.