Earlier today we wondered why the MTA didn't run shuttle buses along the G and L train routes while those subways were down in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. When we asked, the response was, in a nutshell, that right now the transit authority was busy working on getting the G and L trains back in service and that it would be too much work to bring out shuttles for not enough benefit. But that hasn't stopped some local pols from starting a petition to get the shuttle buses running.
This afternoon Councilwoman Letitia James and Vito Lopez's least favorite "hipster" politician Lincoln Restler went and started a Change.org petition trying to get the MTA to bring out the shuttles. At least they asked nicely. Here's the text of their petition:
BROOKLYN, NY- In the wake of an unprecedented natural disaster, we are greatly appreciative of the MTA's remarkable restoration of 84% of subway service. Yet we are extremely concerned about the lack of mass transit access for residents along the L and G subway lines. These trains are not redundant - but essential lifelines for hundreds of thousands of Brooklynites.
As we await the draining of these subway tunnels, we hope the MTA will swiftly expand bus service. We strongly suggest implementation of temporary shuttle bus service along the L and G routes to connect stranded residents to active subway lines.
If you want to sign the petition yourself, click here. Meanwhile we're going to take the MTA's word for it that getting the G and L back online is their "highest priority."