This past May, MTA New York City Transit officially announced the extension of the train to Church Ave. This extension is due to the multi-year rehabilitation of the Culver Viaduct. As a reminder to all, the extension is set to begin on July 5th. As a reminder, the MTA sent out a press release reminder yesterday & here are the details:
Beginning Sunday, July 5 and lasting approximately four years, G Line subway service in Brooklyn will be extended to Church Avenue, providing service to the Windsor Terrace and Kensington neighborhoods. The extension is due to the extensive reconstruction of the Culver Viaduct and, while designed to accommodate this major structure rehabilitation, the extension will provide additional service south of Smith-9th Streets, save travel time for many customers and provide additional transfer options.
This change is necessary because rehabilitation of the steel and concrete structure, opened in 1933 as part of the IND system, requires the removal of two tracks from service for the duration of the project, eliminating the area at 4th Ave-9th Street used by G trains to reverse direction. The $257.5 million engineering and construction project will see the complete renovation of the structure and replacement of the signaling system and tracks.
As part of the reconstruction project, G trains will operate on the local tracks south of Smith-9th Streets to Church Avenue in Brooklyn at all times, providing service to five new stations: 4th Ave-9th Street, 7th Ave, 15th Street-Prospect Park, Fort Hamilton Parkway and Church Ave. At Church Ave, G trains will reverse direction south of the station – where there are four tracks, providing a better operating environment which will help improve reliability for both the F and G lines. Because of the shorter length of G trains, customers should stand near the center of the platform.
“Riders utilizing the line north of Church Avenue will benefit from more frequent service and increased travel and transfer options,” pointed out MTA New York City Transit President Howard H. Roberts, Jr.
Customers will benefit from the extension of the G with the availability of new, direct connections with the M R lines at 4th Ave-9th Street eliminating the additional transfer to the F. Additionally, Manhattan-bound riders making the connection to A and C trains at Jay Street-Borough Hall will now be able to utilize the G to make the connection at Hoyt-Schermerhorn which will make for speedier trips. As a result of the extension, it is estimated that on the typical weekday, 8,700 riders will save an average of three minutes.
I will repeat what I said in May in lieu of the upcoming extension:
I am real curious to see how much of a positive effect this extension will have on both lines. Many transit buffs have wanted to see the G or V serve Church Ave to provide the best possible service to customers. I am sure they are happy at this news which has pretty much been a foregone conclusion to some for the last couple of years.
***Note***: If you want to hear more about why the G is extended, the MTA invites you to check out their “TransitTrax” podcast. Click here to access it.
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