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MTA adds free summer transfers between G, J/M lines; more fall L/M service

Five straight weeks of Sandy-related repairs on the Greenpoint Tube between the Nassau Avenue and Long Island City stations will leave many North Brooklyn commuters stranded from July 26 through September 1. But for some straphangers, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has decided to implement free transfers between the G line at Broadway and the J/M lines at Lorimer Street.

This news helps riders near and south of Broadway, but doesn’t help those who live north of that point as the G is often the only train near them. Regardless, commuter advocacy group Riders Alliance counted this as good news in an email to supporters, and said they are “pushing to make. . . permanent.”

B32 bus usage will also be monitored and considered for an increase in frequency.

In addition, this fall, L/M service will be increased, due to “ridership [being] at an all-time high, including records for weekend ridership,” according to NYC Transit President Carmen Bianco.

L service will see increased frequency on weekends and weekday evenings (three round-trips); M service will be increased one round trip on weekdays.

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