Three-way tie for Straphangers best subway line

Thed No. 7 train is voted by riders as one of the best lines in the city.
Photo by Michael Shain
By Philip Newman

For the first time in the history of the Straphangers campaign, it’s a three-way tie for the best subway in the New York City transit system,

The transit advocacy group’s State of the Subways report card said the No. 1, No. 7 and L trains had a MetroCard rating of $2.05. The No.1 was less crowded and cleaner than average, the No. 7 had less frequent breakdowns and cleaner interiors and the L provided the most accurate and nearly perfect car announcements.

The survey covered six different performance measures tracked in all or the last half of 2016.

The No. 5 and the A lines tied as worst performers in the subway system with a MetroCard rating of only $1.50 each reflecting their irregular service.

The No. 5 was the second most crowded in the city’s subway system. The A had less frequent midday service than the average subway line and had breakdowns at an above-average rate.

The Straphangers said its survey indicated what riders want:

“They want short waits, trains that arrive regularly, a clean car and understandable announcements that tell them what they need to know,” the report said.

Some disparities among subway train performance::

Breakdowns: The Q had the best record on delays caused by mechanical breakdowns, but was found to be the dirtiest line. The 7 line had 99 percent of its cars ranked as clean.

Degree of crowding: The No. 4 was the worst at 112 percent in crowding during peak morning rush house. The R was least crowded at 72 percent.

Scheduled Service:

The Nos. 6 and 7 provide the most scheduled service with average waits of 2-1/2 minute intervals in-between while the C provided waits averaging nine minutes plus.

The G had the best record for regular service, while the most irregular performance was turned in by the No. 5.

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