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Riders & pols: We want to keep extra (G) train stops; "5 Stop Fan Club"

Posted by Gold_12TH on Sun Mar 18 19:42:09 2012

No train, no gain.

Outraged politicians and business owners are fighting to keep the MTA from cutting five G train stops, claiming the closures will hurt Brooklyn businesses.

"Transportation is just as important in Brooklyn as it is in Manhattan,” said Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, who rallied with other members of his "5 Stop Fan Club” in Windsor Terrace Sunday. “Leave these stops where they are.”

The MTA lengthened the G line by five stations in 2009 as it rehabilitated the Culver Viaduct.

But unless the agency makes the changes permanent, G train service to those stations will be cut once the project is complete in late 2013 or early 2014.

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz called the potential closures “meshuganah."

And several straphangers at one of the added stops, at 4th Avenue and 9th St., said the MTA would hurt riders by shortening the line.

“I understand they have budgets and everything but they can't just shut out people who live further away,” said Fran Riley, 41, who works as a courier in Bay Ridge. “The G is definitely needed."

Gorge Luis Cordero, a 53-year-old artist from Carroll Gardens, also called the extension vital.

"The extension is a minor inconvenience for them to keep open, but it's a major convenience for the public, especially on the weekends when service is slower," Cordero said.

An MTA spokeswoman said a decision about whether to cut the stops won’t be made until the viaduct project is finished.


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