As the G Train Door Closes, Citi Bike's Window Opens

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 02:03 PM

citibike, bike_share, bike share, docking, Coming soon to a G train neighborhood near you? (Kate Hinds)

When New York's MTA closes the three northernmost stations on the G line later this summer, riders may have commuting options beyond shuttle buses: the transit agency is in talks with Citi Bike about the expansion of the city's bike share system to the affected areas.

"It's under discussion," MTA spokesman Adam Lisberg said.

Citi Bike stations could provide some backup relief to a line that is becoming increasingly popular: ridership on the G line has boomed in recent years.

Starting in July, the MTA will begin repairing the Sandy-damaged tunnel that carries the G train under the Newtown Creek. The work will take place for 12 weekends in a row and will necessitate the closure of the Greenpoint, 21st Street, and Court Square stations. Next year, those stations will be closed 24/7 for a five-week period of time.

      The black-and-white dotted line shows which stations will be affected by the upcoming work on the G train tunnel/MTA

      The agency will be making repairs to the Greenpoint tube, which was flooded during last year's storm. Although temporary repairs were made to get the line up and running after Sandy, more permanent fixes need to be put in place. 

      Greenpoint and Long Island City were originally included in Citi Bike's initial launch, but were removed after Sandy damage curtailed the program.



      Comments [5]

      suzinne from Bronx

      Yeah, the bike thing's a good idea, but let's get real. The availability of these bikes hardly compensates for the partial loss of the G line. Just because bikes are available, does not mean any person can handle a bike in New York City traffic. Riding a bike in the suburbs is one thing, but on New York City streets riding a bike is akin to playing a combative video game - the buses, the cars, the SUVs, the people, animals, not to mention other bicyclists often driving AGAINST traffic and through red lights. It's a zoo out there, and I only envision very experienced bicyclists navigating these very means streets.

      Jul. 16 2013 12:28 PM
      Billy Gray from Greenpoint

      Bah, it's July 16th now, and still no Citibike for Greenpoint. Beat!

      Jul. 16 2013 10:57 AM
      J. D. Crutchfield from Long Island City

      I can't understand why the CitiBike program didn't reach the CitiBank Tower in LIC from the very start. Here's hoping that anomaly will quickly be eliminated so I can bike to work!

      Jun. 25 2013 08:10 AM
      Ben Kintisch from Bed-Stuy

      You are right about the Pulaski bike/ped path. Right now, local elected officials on both sides of the bridge, along with advocates from the Brooklyn and Queens committees of Transportation Alternatives, are pressing for a bike-only path to be created in one of the moving traffic lanes. Everyone who bikes or walks that path (myself included) does not like the current configuration (too narrow for anyone to be happy!), and luckily, the idea to reconfigure to give more space to cyclists is moving ahead. DOT is doing an engineering study to see if a bikes only space is possible. Once they give the thumbs up then we may need to get Community Board support, too.
      If hundreds of Citibike users are going to join in the fray, the need to improve Pulaski for bikers and walkers will be ever more pressing.

      Jun. 18 2013 11:35 PM
      Kevin from Greenpoint

      Great idea except that the Pulaski Bridge bike/pedestrian lane is already challenging at best, unsafe at worst because it is far too narrow. Only adds to the dire need for more ped/cyclist space on that bridge. I think there are six lanes for motorized traffic. . .

      Jun. 18 2013 05:31 PM

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