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NYCS Route 1 Broadway – Seventh Avenue Local
NYCS Route 2 Seventh Avenue Express
NYCS Route 3 Seventh Avenue Express
NYCS Route 4 Lexington Avenue Express
NYCS Route 5 Lexington Avenue Express
NYCS Route 6 Lexington Avenue/Pelham Local
NYCS Route 6d Lexington Avenue Local/Pelham Express
NYCS Route 7 Flushing Local
NYCS Route 7d Flushing Express
NYCS Route A Eighth Avenue Express
NYCS Route B Sixth Avenue Express
NYCS Route C Eighth Avenue Local
NYCS Route D Sixth Avenue Express
NYCS Route E Eighth Avenue Local
NYCS Route F Sixth Avenue Local
NYCS Route G Crosstown Local
NYCS Route J Nassau Street Local
NYCS Route L 14 Street – Canarsie Local
NYCS Route M Sixth Avenue Local
NYCS Route N Broadway Express
NYCS Route Q Broadway Express
NYCS Route R Broadway Local
NYCS Route W Broadway Local
NYCS Route Z Nassau Street Express
NYCS Route S 42nd Street Shuttle
NYCS Route S Franklin Avenue Shuttle
NYCS Route S Rockaway Park Shuttle
NYCS Route SIRl Staten Island Railway Local
NYCS Route SIRe Staten Island Railway Express
NYCS Route T Second Avenue Local (future)

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The G Brooklyn-Queens Crosstown Local is a service of the New York City Subway. It is the only full-time non-shuttle service that does not enter and does not give service to Manhattan. It is colored light green on the route sign (either on the front and/or side - depending on equipment used) and on station signs and the NYC Subway map, as it represents a service provided on the IND Crosstown Line. The G operates at all times. During rush hours and middays, it operates between Long Island City–Court Square south to Smith–Ninth Streets. At other times, it is extended north along the IND Queens Boulevard Line local tracks to 71st–Continental Avenue–Forest Hills.

Service historyEdit


R1 end rollsign (later said BROOKLYN QUEENS on two lines[5])
1967-1979 bullet
(in a circle)
  • In July 1968, service was extended to Church Avenue, and the F train operated as an express service on the IND Culver Line. This service pattern ended in August 1976 because many customers at local stations on the Culver Line wanted direct access to Manhattan.
  • On May 24, 1987, the N and R lines switched terminals in Queens. As part of the reroute plan, Queens Plaza became the northern terminal for the G train on evenings, nights, and weekends.
  • On December 16, 2001, the 63rd Street Connector opened, and Court Square became the permanent northern terminal during midday and rush hours (replaced along Queens Boulevard by the V train). Service was extended to 71st Avenue other times, although due to construction, the line often terminates at Court Square.


The introduction of the V service in 2001 added nine additional peak-hour trains coming into Manhattan on the IND Queens Boulevard Line.[1] However, to make room for the V train on Queens Boulevard, the G train was given a new weekday terminal at Long Island City–Court Square. In the original plan, Court Square was to have been G train's full-time northern terimal.

The New York Times described the service plan as "complex and heavily criticized." In response to complaints from G riders, who lost their transfer to Manhattan-bound trains at Queens Plaza, the MTA agreed to install an underground moving walkway between Court Square and the 23rd Street–Ely Avenue station, where E and V trains are available. A free out-of-system Metrocard transfer was created at those two stations—one of only two such transfers in the system.

The MTA also agreed to extend the G to 71st Avenue during evenings and weekends, and to operate the service more frequently. The authority "had spent several hundred thousand dollars on tests, trying to figure out a way to keep the G train running past the Court Square Station and farther into Queens on weekdays. But because of the addition of the V train, which will share space along the Queens Boulevard lines with the trains already there — the E, F and R — G trains could not fit during the daytime, when service is heaviest."[2]

To allow more frequent G service, train lengths were cut down to four cars. Some passengers missed trains because they were standing at the wrong part of the platform:

To run more frequently, the G needed more trains, but there were not enough on hand. So the solution was to cut the trains from six cars to four, sticking all the leftover cars together to make extra trains. While on paper this means more trains, it sometimes seems to riders that it means only more of them packed into smaller trains.
And, more importantly for explaining the G-train sprint, it means that on a platform designed to be filled by an eight-car, 600-foot train, the ones that show up now are only 300 feet long. Back in December, when the change was first made, paper signs were posted on platform columns to let riders know where these truncated trains would stop. But the signs are gone now and for people unfamiliar with the line, the wind sprints have begun.[3]

G train riders made the restoration of service an issue in the 2002 New York gubernatorial race, but the transit authority said, "Unfortunately, putting the G back to full service is just not an option, given our track capacity — and that's not likely to change."[4]

G train riders have also lobbied for the creation of a second free out-of-system transfer between the Broadway station and Hewes Street on the BMT Jamaica Line, which is only two blocks away. However, the MTA said, "We have no intention of making that a permanent free transfer."[5]

Most of the stations along the G train's route were built with multiple exits to the street. Over the years, many of the lower-use exits were closed (as they were in other parts of the subway system), as the city was concerned that they were a magnet for criminals, and there was insufficient traffic to justify staffing them full-time. But in July 2005, in response to community pressure, the MTA agreed to re-open the South Portland Avenue exit of the Fulton Street station. The New York Times described it as a "minor victory" for "a maligned line."[6]

During construction on the Queens Boulevard Line, the G train frequently terminates at Court Square, even at times when the published timetable says that it runs to 71st Avenue. Some riders "are suspicious that the service disruptions are simply a de facto way to implement the original plan of halving G train service." However, an MTA spokesman says that "It's not personal.... If you want to keep the system up to date, you need to make sure the track and switching are all in good repair."[7]

A community group, Save the G!, has regularly lobbied the MTA for more G train service since the original cutbacks when the V train was introduced in 2001. The MTA did end the G at Court Square and in 2017 took away the moving walkway permanently for the L rain shutdown that Gov. Cuomo nixed for a 19 month shut down in favor of night work and weekend work, The MTA lied when hey said they would run the G into ueens more frequently as their plan was to terminate it at Court Square all along. People including the elderly now have to walk through the tunnel in 2019 instead of extending the G to Queens Plaza stop which is next stop from Court Square which would be a crossover the platform switch to the E. No tunnel crossing needed. Why they only run 4 car trains on the G is beyond me. Just MTA stupidity to make more crowded trains.


The following table shows the lines used by Route G:

Line From To Tracks
IND Crosstown Line Court Square Hoyt–Schermerhorn Streets all
IND Culver Line Bergen Street Church Avenue local
Station service legend
Black dot Stops all times
Period dot Stops all times except late nights
Crescent dot Stops late nights only
Circle dot Stops weekdays only
Half diamond Stops weekdays in the peak direction only
Gray dot Station closed
NYCS Route G Stations Wheelchair Transfer Connections and notes
Gray dot Court Square NYCS Route 7Black dot NYCS Route 7dHalf diamond NYCS Route EBlack dot NYCS Route MCircle dot
Gray dot 21st Street
Gray dot Greenpoint Avenue
Black dot Nassau Avenue
Black dot Metropolitan Avenue NYCS Route LBlack dot
Black dot Broadway
Black dot Flushing Avenue
Black dot Myrtle – Willoughby Avenues
Black dot Bedford – Nostrand Avenues
Black dot Classon Avenue
Black dot Clinton – Washington Avenues
Black dot Fulton Street
Black dot Hoyt – Schermerhorn Streets NYCS Route ABlack dot NYCS Route CPeriod dot
Black dot Bergen Street NYCS Route FBlack dot
Black dot Carroll Street NYCS Route FBlack dot
Black dot Smith – Ninth Streets NYCS Route FBlack dot
Black dot Fourth Avenue NYCS Route DCrescent dot NYCS Route FBlack dot NYCS Route N NYCS Route RPeriod dot
Black dot Seventh Avenue NYCS Route FBlack dot
Black dot 15th Street – Prospect Park NYCS Route FBlack dot
Black dot Fort Hamilton Parkway NYCS Route FBlack dot
Black dot Church Avenue Wheelchair NYCS Route FBlack dot


  1. Sarah Kershaw, "Proposed Line Would Lighten Subway Crush," The New York Times, December 2, 2000
  2. Randy Kennedy, "Panel Approves New V Train but Shortens G Line to Make Room," The New York Times, May 25, 2001
  3. Randy Kennedy, "Next to This Event, the Turnstile High Jump Is Easy," The New York Times, April 9, 2002
  4. Elizabeth Hays, "Riders Rail at G Switch," The New York Daily News, October 22, 2002 [1]
  5. Shane Miller, "Let Us Take a Free Swipe," Greenpoint Star, July 1, 2004[2]
  6. Jake Mooney, "For a Maligned Line, a Minor Victory," The New York Times, July 3, 2005 [3]
  7. Neille Ilel, "'G' is For Gone — G Train Loses Nearly Half its Weekend Stops," Queens Chronicle, July 21, 2005 [4]

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