The Local, October 7, 2010
Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s most accessible subway lines aren’t doing so well, according to an annual assessment by the Straphangers Campaign.
The group’s report ranks different lines by cleanliness, reliability, crowding, delays, breakdowns and announcements, and issues each line its own “MetroCard Rating,” a dollar value averaging how it performs on each.
The C is the worst line in the city, for the second year in a row. It has a MetroCard rating of 55 cents — quite a bit lower than the runner-up, the R, which received a 90-cent rating. The 2 and the 3 did only slightly better, receiving 90-cent and one-dollar ratings, respectively. The 4 and the 5 land somewhere in the middle of the rankings, earning $1.15 and $1.05. The Gdoesn’t get a MetroCard rating, however, because it doesn’t enter Manhattan and therefore the Straphangers Campaign doesn’t have reliable crowding information. In a ranking by criteria, it performed fairly well on regularity of service (tied with the N for eighth), but worst in the city on breakdowns.
The 7, once again, is the top line in the city, with $1.60 rating. City Roompointed out that the top four lines — 1, 6, 7 and L — all have a track to themselves most of the time. The G has its own track from Court Square to Hoyt-Schermerhorn, but at Bergen Street it hooks up with the F (which got a 95-cent rating).
Subway performance seems to have gotten a little better overall since last year, however, since the rate of breakdowns has lowered and cleanliness and announcements have improved across the system. This report comes out just as the MTA approved a number of fare hikes, including raising the monthly unlimited rate from $89 to $104.