The Best And Worst Subway Lines In New York City

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Photo: Flickr via Paul Lowry

The New York City Straphangers Campaign released its 15th annual summer State of the Subways Report Card and rankings based on a large set of criteria. Its ratings are based on factors including on time performance, cleanliness, mechanical breakdowns, your chances of getting a seat and frequency of announcements.Here are the highlights:

  • The Q train was rated the top subway line for the first time since 2001 in part because of the most announcements and its above average rating in delays, seat availability and cleanliness. The 7 and J/Z lines tied for second.
  • The C train was rated the worst subway line by a wide margin and was worst or second to worst in scheduled service, delays, cleanliness and announcements. The 2, 4, A and B lines also rated low.
  • The E train had the fewest mechanical breakdowns, while the C had the most.
  • The 1 line had the cleanest cars while, you guessed it, the C had 25 per cent of its cars with “heavy or moderate” dirt.
  • The 6 line had the most scheduled service, a train every 2.5 minutes, while the C had the fewest scheduled trains.
  • Overall, trains got dirtier. 10 per cent of trains were viewed as unclean, as opposed to six per cent in 2011.
  • Subway car announcements improved three per cent, but mechanical delays increased by 1.5 per cent.

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