Frustrated Brooklynites sign petition as L and G trains remain suspended

MTA workers pump floodwater from the L train tunnel below the East River.

Although the city’s subways are almost entirely back up and running and most New Yorkers have returned to their regular daily commutes, thousands of people who rely heavily on the L and G trains are still stranded without service in the wake of hurricane Sandy.

Frustration among riders who live along those subway lines has prompted an online petition backed by Brooklyn Councilwoman Latitia James. More than 3,000 people have already joined the Change.org campaign calling on the MTA to provide shuttle service as a substitute for the G train, which runs from Long Island City in Queens to Sunset Park in Brooklyn, and the L train, which runs the length of 14th Street in Manhattan to Rockaway in Brooklyn. The petition states:

In the wake of an unprecedented natural disaster, we are greatly appreciative of the MTA’s remarkable restoration of 84% of subway service. Yet we are extremely concerned about the lack of mass transit access for residents along the L and G subway lines. These trains are not redundant – but essential lifelines for hundreds of thousands of Brooklynites.

“I know this has been a devastating storm and I know the G and L lines are corroded,” James told Metro. “However, you could provide bus service along the lines to meet the needs of those constituents.”

James said she has reached out to MTA chair Joe Lhota with the request, but has yet to hear back from him.

MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz hinted to Metro that shuttle service along the G and L lines isn’t likely.

“We ask customers to exercise patience as we continue to work 24 hours a day to restore both lines as quickly as possible,” Ortiz said. “Setting up a shuttle bus is a very difficult undertaking, and even when it runs, carries only a fraction of a subway riders, so it sets up expectations that are hard to meet.”

“I think MTA workers do not have any boots on the ground, and if you have sense of the explosion in ridership on the G and L lines, you would know there is an increased demand for bus service,” James fired back.

She acknowledged that some buses along the route, like the B62, are running more often, but said it’s not enough. Several petition supporters echoed the need for more options.

“B62 has been a joke all week, and the MTA has been oblivious,” Michael Piaker of Brooklyn said.

The MTA has yet to announce when the L and G trains might be back in service, but it released new photos of workers desperately trying to pump seawater from the L train’s tunnel beneath the East River.

(Flickr via MTAPhotos)


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

What New Yorkers need to know about the…

A measles outbreak in New York City has spread further, the health department said Wednesday.

Local

Bloomberg launches $50 million anti-gun violence effort

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $50 million on a grassroots anti-gun violence network to challenge the National Rifle Association.

Local

East Village woman fights off rape attempt from…

An East Village woman fought off an attempted rapist that she woke to find standing on her bed over the weekend, police said.

International

Nearly 300 missing after South Korean ferry capsizes

Almost 300 people were missing after a ferry capsized off South Korea Wednesday, in what could be the country's biggest maritime disaster in over 20 years.

Television

TV watch list, Wednesday, April 16: 'The Americans,'…

'The Americans' Philip and Elizabeth face "painful turns" in their missions. Maybe next week they'll have a nice easy mission with no moral ambiguity? Probably…

Movies

Curtain raiser: The Tribeca Film Festival arrives this…

The Tribeca Film Festival begins its two-week run in Lower Manhattan on Thursday, boasting dozens and dozens of films of all stripes.

The Word

Paul Walker's brothers will replace him in 'Fast…

Ever since a car crash took Paul Walker's life, fans have wondered what the "Fast & Furious" franchise would do without one of its most beloved stars.

Television

'Orphan Black's' Jordan Gavaris talks Felix's Season 2…

Jordan Gavaris plays heroically helpful foster sibling Felix to main clone Sarah on "Orphan Black." We talked to him about what’s ahead for him in…

NHL

Islanders back to rebuilding mode after disappointing season

One season after qualifying for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2006-07, the Islanders finished 2013-14 with a 34-37-11 record.

NHL

Top 5 Philadelphia storylines for Flyers-Rangers

The slate is clean for the Flyers and the Rangers. Which is good news for the Flyers.

NFL

Jets confident despite Chris Johnson leaving with no…

Jets fans clamored for a playmaker on offense all offseason. It looked like they were going to land that player on Tuesday when Chris Johnson…

NBA

Knicks, Nets rivalry never materialized despite national attention

When the NBA schedule was released, the league anticipated an intense rivalry between the Nets and Knicks with all four games slated for national TV.

Wellbeing

Could a facelift give you the edge at…

It's not just women lining up for procedures.

Home

Steal home decorating tips from Nattystyle blogger Natalie…

Despite the towering ceilings and enviable exposed brick, it’s easy to see how Natalie Decleve’s apartment could be considered a challenge. Perched above the streets…

Home

How to plant a garden in the city

Small on space but big on gardening? You can still have that welcoming oasis of fresh air with an urban garden. Peter Smith, owner of…

Style

Personalize your massage at a private practice

CityTouch customizes spa treatments to meet client's needs.