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Brooklyn F and G Train Riders Get Service Back -- for Now

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Subway riders from Brooklyn neighborhoods Kensington and Windsor Terrace have gone four months without Manhattan-bound F and Queens-bound G trains. But beginning on Monday, straphangers at 15th Street-Prospect Park and Fort Hamilton Parkway will get their subway service restored.

"It's exhausting," said Donna Rubens, a Brooklynite who walks with a cane and boards the F train on her way to Wall Street for life-long learning classes. "I'm already 80, but I feel like I'm 180."

New Yorkers such as Rubens have been a mile or more to other subway stops, riding the bus or driving since January. Many opted  to travel two stops deeper into Brooklyn to Church Avenue, where they switch to northbound trains. The MTA said the service disruptions are due to track configuration.

"I was astonished, frankly, when I saw the sign that said on May 23rd full service was going to resume,” said Philip Traugott, 54, a recording producer who takes the F to Midtown. "I was very happy, and I was amazed that that actually got done on time as promised."

The disruptions came at the same time the $275.5 million Culver Viaduct project is causing other disruptions along the line. Full service will only last until late fall, when Brooklyn-bound trains will start skipping the stops.

That won’t be a problem for Windsor Terrace resident Lee Wilson, who said the service disruption was a hassle that also had its benefits: "I just ended up walking to the 7th Avenue Station because the B61 bus was too unreliable to wait around for, so maybe I lost a couple of pounds walking an extra seven-tenths of a mile every day."

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Comments [3]

Joyce

Maybe the reason for Ms Rubens' fatigue is that she takes the F train to Wall St. My subway map shows that the F train goes nowhere near Wall St. She should try an IRT train or the R.

May. 23 2011 02:50 AM
SM from Redhook, Brooklyn

The MTA is NOT evil. It is _very_ hard to keep service going 24/7 AND do work to keep system in _some_ state of repair.

Anything running today on the railroad was planned at minimum 8 weeks ago (unless it's an emergency-type response), and major jobs are planned months, sometimes YEARS ahead of time, so as to get all resources lined up for any specific shutdown.

E.g., this weekend Smith/9th etc was out of commission, because they were doing bridge work, so they ran a massive shuttle bus operation. To do that, they need extra drivers and enuf buses. They do it in both directions, because it is cheaper than running the buses empty in one direction, and they can work on both sides at once.

Taking track out of service is _not_ an easy thing to plan.

May. 22 2011 11:18 PM
Sarah

MTA is a terrible company, as we all know. They are constantly the bane of my existence. Why can new buildings go up faster than they can fix a train line? It took years and years to fix the L line. When I saw they were fixing the F line, I thought, well too bad, the F used to be reliable. I am convinced MTA is evil.

May. 22 2011 10:00 AM

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