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Greenpoint Commuters Prepare to Use Ferry as G Shuts Down

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For the next five weeks, a stretch of the G train is shut down—so for some riders, it's a good thing another mode of transportation is back up and running. NY1's Bree Driscoll filed the following report.

All aboard the East River Ferry at the India Street-Greenpoint pier.

"We needed to come to the Greenpoint stop today. We saw that it was closed. Turns out, we got on the boat, and it turns out it was open today so it was really a pleasant surprise," one rider says.

The pier had been closed down for more than five months after it collapsed back in February.

"After what happened, it is just a little scary. They seemed to not done anything for months and months and then, sort of, at the last minute, before the train went down, gotten it back up," another rider says.

Just in time, too. The G line is shut down for five weeks between Court Square and Nassau Avenue.

Crews are repairing damage from Hurricane Sandy—the same reason the G train was suspended for 12 weekends last year.

"It is pretty rough. It has a trickle down effect too. It is sort of going to effect every other train because people are going to have to go on the bus more which is already a nightmare," another area commuter said.

Some are taking a zen approach to the suspension.

"I meditate every morning for this reason," said another commuter.

"I'm used to it. You've got to roll with it as a New Yorker," another said.

While some residents are happy to see the ferry running again, they say it is like putting a small band-aid on a large wound.

"It is faster for some things but it is not as flexible as the train. If you need to get to DUMBO or Wall Street, that is great. If you need to get to some other places, it is not going to be the best option," one commuter said.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will be providing weekday shuttle buses from the closed stops here to the pier. It hopes to have the G train fully up and running by September 2.

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