In a partial breakthrough for North Brooklyn, the G train resumes service

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The G train. (bitch cakes via Flickr)
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For the first time in more than a week, North Brooklyn has subway service, as the G train resumed operation.

The M.T.A. has been concerned that Newtown Creek's polluted waters, which flooded the G tunnel, would prove even more toxic to subway equipment than saltwater. Though there was damage, it did not prove extensive enough to prevent restoration of service.

The train was running again as of 8:55 this morning.

It is, however, running slowly.

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Trains will operate no faster than 10 mph, which means they will come every 12 minutes, rather than every 8. To make up for that, the M.T.A. is making the trains longer, with eight cars instead of four.

The L, which a great many of the area's commuters depend on, is still out.

"G running, L not sure yet," M.T.A. spokesman Adam Lisberg emailed Capital.

North Brooklyn suffered barely at all during Hurricane Sandy, but its residents have been growing restless about the state of their subway service, as residents in much of Manhattan and central Brooklyn got their subways back.

The L and G trains have relatively low ridership compared to the lines that were restored earlier.