City Council calls on MTA to help disrupted commuters

Lawmakers say more has to be done to help commuters disrupted by repairs on the G line. (8/17/13)

GREENPOINT - Four stations on the G line in Brooklyn are undergoing disruptive weekend repairs, and lawmakers are calling on the MTA to help those affected.

City Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn was joined by council members Steven Levin and James Van Bramer at the Greenpoint Avenue subway station today. They say the MTA needs to implement specific proposals to help the approximately 30,000 people who take the G train on weekends.

"We're saying to the MTA, put your money where your mouth is and stand up and take the side of the riders," says Levin.

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Currently, the MTA provides shuttle buses, but the council members say they want them to do more. One of their proposals is to subsidize East River Ferry services, lowering ticket prices from $4 to $2.50.

The stations were closed earlier this summer to repair electrical and infrastructure components damaged by Sandy.
 

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