Working Families Party makes a bid for the G-train crowd

The G train. (bitchcakesny, via flickr)
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The Working Families Party, which is headquartered on Nevins Street and has helped launch the careers of Brooklyn-based politicians like Letitia James and Bill de Blasio, appears to be making a bid for the Brownstone belt with a petition to keep the G train running from Queens all the way to Kensington.

The Working Families Party has posted a petition on its site urging the M.T.A. to continue the expanded G train service. "You want to get around Brooklyn without having to go through Manhattan?" it reads. "Say, from Greenpoint to the Slope? You'll just have to wait for the F."

Once the petition gets 10,000 signatures, the party will submit it to the M.T.A. As of Wednesday afternoon, it had 5,574.

"This campaign to protect the G train is part of a long term campaign of ours and many allies for decent transit in New York City," said WFP spokesman Joe Dinkin, in an email. "After years of fare hikes and service cuts, the extension of the G train was the first service increase in years. More people than ever are riding the MTA, and we think anyone who travels around Brooklyn knows how useful the G train extension has been. Let's keep the full G."

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In 2009 the M.T.A. announced the temporary extension of the train all the way into Park Slope and Kensington, to compensate for service reductions connected to its renovation of the so-called Culver Viaduct, which bridges the Gowanus Canal. The renovations are now nearing completion, and the M.T.A. is considering eliminating the G train extension, which pleases no one who has come to rely on the G train to get from Williamsburg to Park Slope without having to make a transfer.