The Plot Thickens in the Fight to Save the G

A subway map from the early '70s reveals that the so-called G train extension isn't an extension at all.

A new argument has sprouted in the fight to save the five southernmost stops of the G train.

Called a temporary extension by the Metropolitan Transit Authority, a subway map from the early '70s shows that the five stop stretch, which connects Park Slope, Windsor Terrace and Kensington to northern Brooklyn and Queens, isn't an extension at all, but a restoration of the original line.

Take a look for yourself at the image above, which was posted to a local listserv: It's paler than today's version, but the there's no doubt that the green- colored line goes straight down to Church Avenue.

The MTA has yet to say for certain whether the line will in fact be cut short once the overhaul of the Culver Viaduct is completed in 2014, despite ardent protests from thousands of straphangers that rely on the famously sluggish train to commute between Brooklyn and Queens.

Curiositykilledthecat March 29, 2012 at 08:41 PM
I don't think this is a cover-up or even the MTA being cute. For a long, long time, the G ended earlier, until it was recently, temporarily *extended* to Church Avenue. Not sure what the argument is?
MJ from Kensington March 30, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Various changes took place in the history of the Transit System. For awhile in the '70s, the "GG" was "extended" to Church Avenue, then reverted back to Smith-9th. There were also "F-express" stations (designated in bold type) when there was, in fact, F-express service thru to Kings Highway and the Bergen Street "F" platform was on the lower level, now abandoned. Originally, the "D" ran where the "F" is now and terminated at Church Avenue.
Pat Green April 01, 2012 at 09:10 PM
As a "G" rider my whole life, from the other end of the G train on the route to Queens. I can understand your frustration. For many many years, the "G' train was 10 cars long reduced to 4 cars as of today. In the early 2000's, we lost our direct service from Brooklyn to Forest Hills, Queens ( a total of 13 stops). Now, the "G"'s last stop in Queens is Court Square. There were numerous rallies to save the "G", but as you can see you can't fight the MTA. Once they have something planned they are not going to change their mind.


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