If you're one of those frustrated, embittered souls who endure the G train, you no doubt recall that service on the green line was "only" supposed to be suspended on weekends through February 8th. But then the MTA panicked about the nosnowpocalypse, preemptively canceling the suspension on what was ostensibly the final weekend of work (to remove asbestos from the Greenpoint Ave station, among other things). So we weren't shocked to see the G suspended again last weekend, and assumed it was just to "make up" for the lost weekend. But surely the G is finally crawling back this weekend?
Ha. We're trying to get an answer from NYC Transit as to how many times this is expected to repeat, but in the meantime we got an MTA email notifying us that there will be no G trains running from 10:30 p.m. Friday, February 19 to 5 a.m. Monday. Again, there will be shuttle buses between Queens Plaza and Jay Street (which some say beats the G). What's really hilarious is that the MTA's press release advises everyone headed toward Church Avenue to "transfer between the shuttle bus and F trains at Jay Street." But in the very same release, the MTA announces that this weekend "shuttle buses replace F trains between Jay Street and Church Avenue due to the Culver Viaduct rehabilitation." Is this all part of the MTA's plan to acclimate us to an all-shuttle-bus transit system?!
As for the future, if you check the MTA's website, you'll find no G trains running during the last weekend in February either. But surely it'll be lurching along after that, right? Someone at Assemblyman Joe Lentol's office tells blogger Bitchy Bluestocking, "The MTA is deciding whether to do two more 'four week' rounds (one in the spring and one in the fall) or one more seven-week shut down, whichever is the most efficient. (Uh-huh, this is the MTA we're talking about here.)"