The G Subway line is one of the most vilified subway lines in NYC because it’s the only subway that does not go through Manhattan, the trains have too few cars, the service too sporadic, etc. etc. Over the years there have been numerous attempts to correct these problems with varying degree of success. The end result is that customers are unhappy with the service, MTA complains about the cost of running this “orphan”line and nobody comes up with a solution that reflects the changes that have taken place in the G subway route over the past decade.
G Subway line route across Brooklyn and Queens
“Gentrification” has happened in most of the train’s path starting in Long Island City, through Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Fort Greene, Carroll Gardens and beyond.
In the late 1990’s young people started choosing Williamsburg and Long Island City for their affordable, larger apartments and generally a better bang for their buck. Throughout the 2000’s and after a large price run up in Williamsburg and Long Island City young people began moving into Greenpoint, Bushwick, Carroll Gardens, Kensington, Bed Stuy, etc.
A picture from an unhappy G Train commuter
Brooklyn has now become a destination, a place where you can find a job near your Brooklyn home, where local businesses become a cradle of the craft industry movement, where software, design choose to settle; in other words a self sustaining alternative to commuting to Manhattan for working, playing or sleeping. These young people now needed to maneuver their daily commutes from their apartment in Greenpoint and Williamsburg to Dumbo.
Fast forward to 2015 and more and more companies chose to move from Manhattan to Brooklyn attracted by the very people that lived in these emerging markets in Brooklyn. As more people commute from the places where they live to where they work, it exposed the lack of effective public transportation and the traffic congestion that this has created.
One in 5 New Yorkers are Millennials and these millennials bike one out of 5 times a week to work. But biking in the winter, summer or rainy days make their travel to work difficult. So why not come up with a solution?
Mayor deBlasio’s proposed Brooklyn Tram
Mayor deBlasio proposed a tremendously expensive and an almost impossible-to-build tram that will be too slow, virtually impossible to implement – and still not solve the problem of a sub-standard G Train.
So why not CLOSE THE G train and make it an underground bicycle/jogging path that connects the fastest growing areas in Brooklyn so people can go from their apartments to their offices and to their places of leisure!
Think of it like the Highline (or in this case Lowline haha) for residents (as opposed to tourists) that will be use this all day, every day. Think of it as a paved two-lane underground highway with perfect illumination, bicycle parking, security cameras, bicycle parking and maybe even stores!
Bikers going from say Greenpoint to midtown Manhattan would bike underground to LIC, park their bikes and transfer to the E or 7. Software engineers, designer and others in the IT field would commute from their homes in Greenpoint, Bedstuy and Williamsburg to their offices in Dumbo without ever using a Metrocard -or getting wet on a rainy days!