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MTA scheduling major closures for G line over six weeks for summer as Greenpoint braces for impacts

by Staff


There will be real pain for these gains.

Brooklyn politicians are pushing back against MTA plans for around-the-clock shutdowns of northern portions of the G line over six weeks during the summer.

The MTA plans to tear out and replace the century-old, breakdown-prone train control systems that now power the G, part of a multi-billion dollar effort to computerize the signal system on the letter lines.

Officials say the work is a crucial part of the effort to make service on those lines as fast and as frequent as it is on the numbered train lines that were partially computerized in the 1990s.

Agency officials told local Councilman Lincoln Restler (D-Brooklyn) and other elected leaders from the area late Friday that they tentatively expect there to be three sets of 24/7 closures:

  • June 28-July 5: No service 24/7 between Court Square and Greenpoint Avenue;
  • July 5-Aug. 12: No service between Court Square and Bedford-Nostrand;
  • Aug. 12-Sept. 2: No service between Bedford-Nostrand and Hoyt-Schemerhorn;

The MTA will run shuttle buses along the G line’s route during the shutdowns.

A G train approaches a signal at the Hoyt-Schemerhorn station in Brooklyn. The MTA plans to replace the ancient signals that control the A, C and G lines that run through this station as part of two major projects. Angel Chevrestt
The whole project is expected to be finished in 2027. NY POST

“While I value the MTA’s essential investments in signal improvements — I am deeply concerned about the impact of a six week shutdown on the Greenpoint community,” Restler said. “It will be challenging for folks to get to work, it will be tough for small businesses to stay afloat.”

Overhauling and computerizing the Crosstown Line’s signals — plus upgrades to three major train crossings and switches along the line — is expected to be completed by 2027 with a total price tag of $621 million.

The disruptions this coming summer are expected to be the most severe required by the project, which is responsible for the current overnight shutdowns on the line.

The briefing was first reported by the northern Brooklyn publication, Greenpointers.

The G train stop in Greenpoint. Shutterstock

“The MTA is full speed ahead in the rollout of Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) that will expand modern signaling and decrease headways throughout the transit system,” spokesperson Eugene Resnick said. “We look forward to continuing engagement with communities across the G line to ensure CBTC installation is delivered efficiently with as little disruption to service as possible.”

Computerizing signals has been a major boon to the two lines that currently have it: The L line and the No. 7 line have the highest on-time ratings in the entire system.

The G line is one of three major signal replacement and modernization projects currently underway.

The A/C/E lines are getting them on the Eighth Avenue subway between High Street and 59th Street in Manhattan; and the F line, which shares track with the G, is getting them from Brooklyn’s West Eighth Street to Church Avenue.

It has not all gone smoothly. The MTA has yet to wrap up installation of the system on the Queens Boulevard, where its contractors are still mashing bugs out of the computer system.

Next up for the upgrades, according to agency plans are: the Fulton Street subway, which carries the A/C from Euclid to High Street; and the Sixtth Avenue subway, from Jay Street-MetroTech to 21st Street-Queensbridge.




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