THE BROOKLYN - QUEENS CROSSTOWN (G TRAIN)


NEW YORK CITY SUBWAY HISTORY - G train
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The GG train, known as the Brooklyn - Queens crosstown, was always the oddity of the entire subway system. It's the only line that never goes to Manhattan and has always had cuts in services. It first opened from Queens Plaza to Nassau Ave on 8/19/1933. It was extended from Queens Plaza to 71 - Continental Ave on 4/24/1937 and extended from Nassau Ave to Smith - 9th street on 7/1/1937. In 1939, this was the line that brought people to the Worlds Fair using a specially built surface railroad called the S Special. It was dismantled in the 1940s and became the right of way for part of the Van Wyck Expressway since then.


During the 1960s - 1970s, the GG was extended to Church Ave so the could run express. It didn't go well with passengers since it deprived them of direct Manhattan service so it was brought back to its Smith - 9th to 71 - Continental Ave route. On May 5, 1986, the GG was renamed during a double letter elimination program throughout the entire system.


On December 17, 2001, the was cutback from the Queens Blvd subway to make way for the new train. The route is now Smith - 9th to Long Island City - Court Square. However, at the outrage of many angry passengers, the continued along the Queens Blvd line but only after 8 PM, nights, and weekends. Its been seen along the Culver el to Stillwell Ave during track work along the train route past Church Ave.


The ALMOST saw service cuts in 2009 because of the MTA budget. On 7/5/2009, the line was extended to Church Ave after many years, but as of 6/25/2010, the route was shortened. It currently goes from Church Ave to Long Island City - Court Square route on a FULL TIME basis. The after 8 PM, nights, and weekends schedule was lost because of these cuts. When the train went into territory, riders weren't getting the full benefit of the line! The Hoyt Schermerhorn station is best known for the late Michael Jackson's video "Bad" back in 1987.


The Brooklyn - Queens crosstown (G train), Brooklyn 1990s


The Brooklyn - Queens Crosstown (GG train) : G train

THE WORLDS FAIR specially built surface railroad shuttle (Queens) opened 1939 served by the S Special train 1939 - 1940 - - dismantled 1940 (part of Van Wyck Expressway)
71ST - CONTINENTAL AVE Queens Blvd subway (Queens) opened 12/31/1936 E premiered here 12/31/1936 - present, GG premiered here 8/19/1933, (renamed train 5/5/1986), G was part-time here 12/17/2001 and cutback since 6/25/2010 from Church Ave to Court Square, EE train premiered here 4/24/1937 - 7/1/1937, QT train 12/1/1955 - 1960 via Queens Blvd line QT moved to Astoria el 11/15/1960 to 11/27/1967, F train also premiered here from Parsons to Hudson Terminal (WTC) via 53rd street tunnel using today's E route on 12/15/1940 to 10/30/1954, F train went from 179th - 34th street 10/30/1954 to 11/26/1967, F went all the way to Stillwell Ave 11/26/1967 - present RR premiered 1/1/1961 - 11/27/1967, (RR moved to Astoria el 11/27/1967 - 5/24/1987, renamed R 5/5/1986), EE train 11/27/1967 to 8/27/1976, EE became an extended N train 8/27/1976 - 5/24/1987, N switched routes with the R on Queens Blvd line 5/24/1987 - present, V train 12/17/2001 to 6/25/2010, M train 6/25/2010 - present present (R,E,F,M)
67TH AVE Queens Blvd subway (Queens) opened 12/31/1936 EE train premiered here 4/24/1937 - 7/1/1937, QT train 12/1/1955 - 1960 via Queens Blvd line, RR premiered 1/1/1961 - 11/27/1967, (RR moved to Astoria el 11/27/1967 - 5/24/1987, renamed R 5/5/1986) QT moved to Astoria el 11/15/1960 to 11/27/1967, GG premiered here 4/24/1937, (GG renamed train 5/5/1986), G was part-time here 12/17/2001, cutback since 6/25/2010 from Church Ave to Court Square EE train 11/27/1967 to 8/27/1976, EE became an extended N train 8/27/1976 - 5/24/1987, N switched routes with the R on Queens Blvd line 5/24/1987 - present, V train 12/17/2001 to 6/25/2010, M train 6/25/2010 - present present (R,M)
63RD DRIVE Queens Blvd subway (Queens) opened 12/31/1936 EE train premiered here 4/24/1937 - 7/1/1937, QT train 12/1/1955 - 1960 via Queens Blvd line, RR premiered 1/1/1961 - 11/27/1967, (RR moved to Astoria el 11/27/1967 - 5/24/1987, renamed R 5/5/1986) QT moved to Astoria el 11/15/1960 to 11/27/1967, GG premiered here 4/24/1937, (GG renamed train 5/5/1986), G was part-time here 12/17/2001, cutback since 6/25/2010 from Church Ave to Court Square EE train 11/27/1967 to 8/27/1976, EE became an extended N train 8/27/1976 - 5/24/1987, N switched routes with the R on Queens Blvd line 5/24/1987 - present, V train 12/17/2001 to 6/25/2010, M train 6/25/2010 - present present (R,M)
WOODHAVEN BLVD Queens Blvd subway (Queens) opened 12/31/1936 EE train premiered here 4/24/1937 - 7/1/1937, QT train 12/1/1955 - 1960 via Queens Blvd line, (RR moved to Astoria el 11/27/1967 - 5/24/1987, renamed R 5/5/1986) QT moved to Astoria el 11/15/1960 to 11/27/1967, RR premiered 1/1/1961 - 11/27/1967, GG premiered here 4/24/1937, (GG renamed train 5/5/1986), G was part-time here 12/17/2001, cutback since 6/25/2010 from Church Ave to Court Square EE train 11/27/1967 to 8/27/1976, EE became an extended N train 8/27/1976 - 5/24/1987, N switched routes with the R on Queens Blvd line 5/24/1987 - present, V train 12/17/2001 to 6/25/2010, M train 6/25/2010 - present present (R,M)
GRAND AVE Queens Blvd subway (Queens) opened 12/31/1936 EE train premiered here 4/24/1937 - 7/1/1937, QT train 12/1/1955 - 1960 via Queens Blvd line, RR premiered 1/1/1961 - 11/27/1967, (RR moved to Astoria el 11/27/1967 - 5/24/1987, renamed R 5/5/1986) QT moved to Astoria el 11/15/1960 to 11/27/1967, GG premiered here 4/24/1937, (GG renamed train 5/5/1986), G was part-time here 12/17/2001, cutback since 6/25/2010 from Church Ave to Court Square EE train 11/27/1967 to 8/27/1976, EE became an extended N train 8/27/1976 - 5/24/1987, N switched routes with the R on Queens Blvd line 5/24/1987 - present, V train 12/17/2001 to 6/25/2010, M train 6/25/2010 - present present (R,M)
ELMHURST AVE Queens Blvd subway (Queens) opened 12/31/1936 EE train premiered here 4/24/1937 - 7/1/1937, QT train 12/1/1955 - 1960 via Queens Blvd line, RR premiered 1/1/1961 - 11/27/1967, (RR moved to Astoria el 11/27/1967 - 5/24/1987, renamed R 5/5/1986) QT moved to Astoria el 11/15/1960 to 11/27/1967, GG premiered here 4/24/1937, (GG renamed train 5/5/1986), G was part-time here 12/17/2001, cutback since 6/25/2010 from Church Ave to Court Square EE train 11/27/1967 to 8/27/1976, EE became an extended N train 8/27/1976 - 5/24/1987, N switched routes with the R on Queens Blvd line 5/24/1987 - present, V train 12/17/2001 to 6/25/2010, M train 6/25/2010 - present present (R,M)
JACKSON HEIGHTS - ROOSEVELT AVE Queens Blvd subway (Queens) opened 8/19/1933 E premiered here 8/19/1933 - present, GG premiered here 4/24/1937 (renamed train 5/5/1986), G was part-time here 12/17/2001 and cutback since 6/25/2010 from Church Ave to Court Square, EE train premiered here 4/24/1937 - 7/1/1937, QT train 12/1/1955 - 1960 via Queens Blvd line QT moved to Astoria el 11/15/1960 to 11/27/1967, F train also premiered here from Parsons to Hudson Terminal (WTC) via 53rd street tunnel using today's E route on 12/15/1940 to 10/30/1954, F train went from 179th - 34th street 10/30/1954 to 11/26/1967, F went all the way to Stillwell Ave 11/26/1967 - present RR premiered 1/1/1961 - 11/27/1967, (RR moved to Astoria el 11/27/1967 - 5/24/1987, renamed R 5/5/1986), EE train 11/27/1967 to 8/27/1976, EE became an extended N train 8/27/1976 - 5/24/1987, N switched routes with the R on Queens Blvd line 5/24/1987 - present, V train 12/17/2001 to 6/25/2010, M train 6/25/2010 - present present (R,E,F,M,7)
65TH STREET Queens Blvd subway (Queens) opened 8/19/1933 EE train premiered here 4/24/1937 - 7/1/1937, QT train 12/1/1955 - 1960 via Queens Blvd line, RR premiered 1/1/1961 - 11/27/1967, (RR moved to Astoria el 11/27/1967 - 5/24/1987, renamed R 5/5/1986) QT moved to Astoria el 11/15/1960 to 11/27/1967, GG premiered here 4/24/1937, (GG renamed train 5/5/1986), G was part-time here 12/17/2001, cutback since 6/25/2010 from Church Ave to Court Square EE train 11/27/1967 to 8/27/1976, EE became an extended N train 8/27/1976 - 5/24/1987, N switched routes with the R on Queens Blvd line 5/24/1987 - present, V train 12/17/2001 to 6/25/2010, M train 6/25/2010 - present present (R,M)
NORTHERN BLVD Queens Blvd subway (Queens) opened 8/19/1933 EE train premiered here 4/24/1937 - 7/1/1937, QT train 12/1/1955 - 1960 via Queens Blvd line, RR premiered 1/1/1961 - 11/27/1967, (RR moved to Astoria el 11/27/1967 - 5/24/1987, renamed R 5/5/1986) QT moved to Astoria el 11/15/1960 to 11/27/1967, GG premiered here 4/24/1937, (GG renamed train 5/5/1986), G was part-time here 12/17/2001, cutback since 6/25/2010 from Church Ave to Court Square EE train 11/27/1967 to 8/27/1976, EE became an extended N train 8/27/1976 - 5/24/1987, N switched routes with the R on Queens Blvd line 5/24/1987 - present, V train 12/17/2001 to 6/25/2010, M train 6/25/2010 - present present (R,M)
46TH STREET Queens Blvd subway (Queens) opened 8/19/1933 EE train premiered here 4/24/1937 - 7/1/1937, QT train 12/1/1955 - 1960 via Queens Blvd line, RR premiered 1/1/1961 - 11/27/1967, (RR moved to Astoria el 11/27/1967 - 5/24/1987, renamed R 5/5/1986) QT moved to Astoria el 11/15/1960 to 11/27/1967, GG premiered here 4/24/1937, (GG renamed train 5/5/1986), G was part-time here 12/17/2001, cutback since 6/25/2010 from Church Ave to Court Square EE train 11/27/1967 to 8/27/1976, EE became an extended N train 8/27/1976 - 5/24/1987, N switched routes with the R on Queens Blvd line 5/24/1987 - present, V train 12/17/2001 to 6/25/2010, M train 6/25/2010 - present present (R,M)
STEINWAY STREET Queens Blvd subway (Queens) opened 8/19/1933 EE train premiered here 4/24/1937 - 7/1/1937, QT train 12/1/1955 - 1960 via Queens Blvd line, RR premiered 1/1/1961 - 11/27/1967, (RR moved to Astoria el 11/27/1967 - 5/24/1987, renamed R 5/5/1986) QT moved to Astoria el 11/15/1960 to 11/27/1967, GG premiered here 4/24/1937, (GG renamed train 5/5/1986), G was part-time here 12/17/2001, cutback since 6/25/2010 from Church Ave to Court Square EE train 11/27/1967 to 8/27/1976, EE became an extended N train 8/27/1976 - 5/24/1987, N switched routes with the R on Queens Blvd line 5/24/1987 - present, V train 12/17/2001 to 6/25/2010, M train 6/25/2010 - present present (R,M)
36TH STREET Queens Blvd subway (Queens) opened 8/19/1933 EE train premiered here 4/24/1937 - 7/1/1937, QT train 12/1/1955 - 1960 via Queens Blvd line, RR premiered 1/1/1961 - 11/27/1967, (RR moved to Astoria el 11/27/1967 - 5/24/1987, renamed R 5/5/1986) QT moved to Astoria el 11/15/1960 to 11/27/1967, GG premiered here 4/24/1937 (GG renamed train 5/5/1986), G was part-time here 12/17/2001, cutback since 6/25/2010 from Church Ave to Court Square EE train 11/27/1967 to 8/27/1976, EE became an extended N train 8/27/1976 - 5/24/1987, N switched routes with the R on Queens Blvd line 5/24/1987 - present, V train 12/17/2001 to 6/25/2010, M train 6/25/2010 - present present (R,M)
QUEENS PLAZA (60th street tunnel to Manhattan) Queens Blvd subway (Queens) opened 8/19/1933 E premiered here 8/19/1933 - present, GG premiered here 8/19/1933, (renamed train 5/5/1986), G was part-time here 12/17/2001 and cutback since 6/25/2010 from Church Ave to Court Square, EE train premiered here 4/24/1937 - 7/1/1937, QT train 12/1/1955 - 1960 via Queens Blvd line QT moved to Astoria el 11/15/1960 to 11/27/1967, F train also premiered here from Parsons to Hudson Terminal (WTC) via 53rd street tunnel using today's E route on 12/15/1940 to 1990 via 53rd street tunnel, F train went from 179th - 34th street 10/30/1954 to 11/26/1967, F went all the way to Stillwell Ave 11/26/1967 - present, RR premiered 1/1/1961 - 11/27/1967 (RR moved to Astoria el 11/27/1967 - 5/24/1987, renamed R 5/5/1986), EE train 11/27/1967 to 8/27/1976, EE became an extended N train 8/27/1976 - 5/24/1987, N switched routes with the R on Queens Blvd line 5/24/1987 - present, V train 12/17/2001 to 6/25/2010, M train 6/25/2010 - present present (R,E,M)
COURT SQUARE (Long Island City) Brooklyn-Queens crosstown (Queens) opened 8/19/1933 served by the GG train 8/19/1933 - 5/5/86 GG renamed train 5/5/1986 - present (G,E,M,7)
21ST ST (Van Alst) Brooklyn-Queens crosstown (Queens) opened 8/19/1933 served by the GG train 8/19/33 - 5/5/86 GG renamed train 5/5/1986 - present (G)
GREENPOINT AVE Brooklyn-Queens crosstown (Brooklyn) opened 8/19/1933 served by the GG train 8/19/33 - 5/5/86 GG renamed train 5/5/1986 - present (G)
NASSAU AVE Brooklyn-Queens crosstown (Brooklyn) opened 8/19/1933 served by the GG train 8/19/1933 - 5/5/86 GG renamed train 5/5/1986 - present (G)
METROPOLITAN AVE Brooklyn-Queens crosstown (Brooklyn) opened 7/1/1937 served by the GG train 7/1/1937 - 5/5/86 GG renamed train 5/5/1986 - present (G,L)
BROADWAY Brooklyn-Queens crosstown (Brooklyn) opened 7/1/1937 served by the GG train 7/1/1937 - 5/5/86 GG renamed train 5/5/1986 - present (G)
FLUSHING AVE Brooklyn-Queens crosstown (Brooklyn) opened 7/1/1937 served by the GG train 7/1/1937 - 5/5/86 GG renamed train 5/5/1986 - present (G)
MYRTLE-WILLOUGHBY AVE Brooklyn-Queens crosstown (Brooklyn) opened 7/1/1937 served by the GG train 7/1/1937 - 5/5/86 GG renamed train 5/5/1986 - present (G)
BEDFORD-NOSTRAND AVE Brooklyn-Queens crosstown (Brooklyn) opened 7/1/1937 served by the GG train 7/1/1937 - 5/5/86 GG renamed train 5/5/1986 - present (G)
CLASSON AVE Brooklyn-Queens crosstown (Brooklyn) opened 7/1/1937 served by the GG train 7/1/1937 - 5/5/86 GG renamed train 5/5/1986 - present (G)
CLINTON-WASHINGTON AVE Brooklyn-Queens crosstown (Brooklyn) opened 7/1/1937 served by the GG train 7/1/1937 - 5/5/86 GG renamed train 5/5/1986 - present (G)
FULTON ST Brooklyn-Queens crosstown (Brooklyn) opened 7/1/1937 served by the GG train 7/1/1937 - 5/5/86 GG renamed train 5/5/1986 - present (G)
HOYT-SCHERMERHORN ST Brooklyn-Queens crosstown (Brooklyn) opened 4/9/1936 premiered with A train 4/9/1936 CC train 1976 - 12/11/1988 from Bedford Park to Rockaway Park, CC renamed C train 5/5/1986 going from 145th to Euclid Ave, became 168th to Euclid 3/1/1998 - present GG premiered here 7/1/1937, (renamed on 5/5/1986 - present) present (G,A,C)
BERGEN ST Brooklyn-Queens crosstown (Brooklyn) opened 3/20/1933 A train premiered here 7/1/1933 - 4/9/1936, E replaced A on 4/9/1936 to 12/15/1940, EE train premiered here 4/24/1937 - 7/1/1937 D train from 205th the Bronx to Church Ave 12/15/1940 to 10/30/1954 GG premiered here 7/1/1937, (renamed on 5/5/1986 - present) present (G,F)
CARROLL ST Brooklyn-Queens crosstown (Brooklyn) opened 7/1/1933 A train premiered here 7/1/1933 - 4/9/1936, E replaced A on 4/9/1936 to 12/15/1940, EE train premiered here 4/24/1937 - 7/1/1937 D train from 205th the Bronx to Church Ave 12/15/1940 to 10/30/1954 GG premiered here 7/1/1937, (renamed on 5/5/1986 - present) present (G,F)
SMITH 9TH ST Brooklyn-Queens crosstown (Brooklyn) opened 7/1/1933 A train premiered here 7/1/1933 - 4/9/1936, E replaced A on 4/9/1936 to 12/15/1940, EE train premiered here 4/24/1937 - 7/1/1937 D train from 205th the Bronx to Church Ave 12/15/1940 to 10/30/1954 GG premiered here 7/1/1937, (renamed on 5/5/1986 - present) present (G,F)
4TH AVE - 9TH STREET Brooklyn-Queens crosstown (Brooklyn) opened 7/1/1933 A train premiered here 7/1/1933 to 4/9/1936, E replaced A on 4/9/1936 to 12/15/1940, EE train premiered here 4/24/1937 - 7/1/1937 D train from 205th the Bronx to Church Ave 12/15/1940 to 10/30/1954 served by the GG train until late 1937, then again July 1968 - August 1976, later extended here on 7/5/2009. It goes all the way to Stillwell Ave during track-work of the F route present (G,F,R)
7TH AVE Brooklyn-Queens crosstown (Brooklyn) opened 7/1/1933 A train premiered here 7/1/1933 to 4/9/1936, E replaced A on 4/9/1936 to 12/15/1940, EE train premiered here 4/24/1937 - 7/1/1937 D train from 205th the Bronx to Church Ave 12/15/1940 to 10/30/1954 served by the GG train until late 1937, then again July 1968 - August 1976, later extended here on 7/5/2009. It goes all the way to Stillwell Ave during track-work of the F route present (G,F)
15TH STREET Brooklyn-Queens crosstown (Brooklyn) opened 7/1/1933 A train premiered here 7/1/1933 to 4/9/1936, E replaced A on 4/9/1936 to 12/15/1940, EE train premiered here 4/24/1937 - 7/1/1937 D train from 205th the Bronx to Church Ave 12/15/1940 to 10/30/1954 served by the GG train until late 1937, then again July 1968 - August 1976, later extended here on 7/5/2009. It goes all the way to Stillwell Ave during track-work of the F route present (G,F)
FT HAMILTON PARKWAY Brooklyn-Queens crosstown (Brooklyn) opened 7/1/1933 A train premiered here 7/1/1933 to 4/9/1936, E replaced A on 4/9/1936 to 12/15/1940, EE train premiered here 4/24/1937 - 7/1/1937 D train from 205th the Bronx to Church Ave 12/15/1940 to 10/30/1954 served by the GG train until late 1937, then again July 1968 - August 1976, later extended here on 7/5/2009. It goes all the way to Stillwell Ave during track-work of the F route present (G,F)
CHURCH AVE Brooklyn-Queens crosstown (Brooklyn) opened 7/1/1933 A train premiered here 7/1/1933 to 4/9/1936, E replaced A on 4/9/1936 to 12/15/1940, EE train premiered here 4/24/1937 - 7/1/1937 D train from 205th the Bronx to Church Ave 12/15/1940 to 10/30/1954 served by the GG train until late 1937, then again July 1968 - August 1976, later extended here on 7/5/2009. It goes all the way to Stillwell Ave during track-work of the F route present (G,F)


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