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Will the ferry be back for riders dealing with a major subway shutdown?

Posted: 12:53 PM, Jul 25, 2014
Updated: 2014-07-25 12:55:15-04

Sandy-related repairs begin Friday night on the G line and run every day until September 2. The train will not run from Court Square in Long Island City to Nassau Avenue.

The East River Ferry is supposed to be ready for commuters at the Greenpoint location. It has been unavailable since February, when a walkway collapsed into the river. No one was hurt and the city has inspected other piers.

“Our goal is to complete this work as quickly and efficiently as possible while exposing our customers to as little inconvenience as we possibly can by using the more lightly-traveled summer weeks to make repairs,” said NYC Transit President Carmen Bianco.  “To that end, we are providing an extraordinary amount of information to help our customers navigate around this vital work.”

“It’s a huge pain, but we realize the construction is necessary to repair the tunnel and improve service on the G train," said John Raskin,  Executive Director of the Riders Alliance.  "Five weeks is a long time to cut off this vital link between Brooklyn and Queens, but we appreciate that the MTA is offering free transfers from the G to the J and M trains, and riders have had a surprisingly good experience with the MTA’s shuttle buses during earlier periods of G train construction."

The shuttle buses will run along two routes to provide alternate service to/from affected stations and Court Sq 7,E.M lines.

1. Via Manhattan Av to/from Nassau Av G station

2. Via McGuinness Blvd to/from Lorimer St/Metropolitan Av L station

Shuttle bus stops along each route will be located near G stations at:

(southbound) Jackson Av and 45 Av, Jackson Av and 47 Av, Manhattan Av/McGuinness Blvd and Greenpoint Av, Manhattan Av/McGuinness Blvd and Nassau Av, and Metropolitan Av and Union Av

(northbound) Metropolitan Av and Union Av, Manhattan Av/McGuinness Blvd and Nassau Av, Manhattan Av/McGuinness Blvd and Greenpoint Av, and 44 Drive and 23 St.