Oh why even bother anymore? It looks like this weekend's G train suspension is starting the weekend early (does this mean we can start the drinking early?). A tipster writes: "My girlfriend just informed me via text that there's a broken track somewhere on the G line and they just got let out at the Bedford-Nostrand stop with no signs of shuttle-buses or other replacement-service options. Looks like the G will never run again at this rate." And the MTA website confirms:
Due to a rail condition at the Metropolitan Avenue Station, there is no train service in both directions between the Long Island City-Court Square Station and the Bedford-Nostrand Avenue Station. As an alternative, customers are advised to take the B62 bus, the B48, or the B43. Please expect delays in train service at this time.
Well, they've got about 8 hours left to get the problem fixed before they suspend G service for the entire weekend. It's a race against the clock! As we noted yesterday, the G train suspension that was supposed to last four consecutive weekends has been extended for at least another two weekends. We're trying to find out from the MTA if/when more weekends will be added, so in the meantime PLEASE BE PATIENT 4EVER!
UPDATE: The MTA tells us "there is a broken rail on the G line at Metropolitan Avenue. Service diversions began at 11:12 a.m. Workers are on site making repairs. Buses are available to take customers between Metropolitan and Bedford-Nostrand. Train service is now running between the Long Island City-Court Square Station and the Metropolitan Avenue Station."
UPDATE 4:40: Now the MTA site says: "Shuttle bus service is being provided between the Long Island City-Court Square Station and the Bedford-Nostrand Avenue Station. Shuttle train service [emphasis added] is being provided between the Bedford-Nostrand Avenue Station and the Church Avenue Station. Please expect delays in train service at this time." Sweet, shuttle trains!
UPDATE 4:51: Okay, this is our last update, we don't care if the G train grows wings and flies. From the MTA site: "Following an earlier incident, train service has resumed with residual delays." Do with that information what you will; come 10:30 p.m. the G is shutting down completely until Monday morning.