Subway system in competition with itself over how much it can suck: report - Brooklyn


Oct. 13, 2017 1:53 pm

Subway system in competition with itself over how much it can suck: report

Delays have increased, get this, 237 percent since 2012.

A particularly steamy morning on the ACE platform.

Photo by Tyler Woods.

A new report from the Independent Budget Office of New York City says the service of the city’s subway system is getting worse and worse and worse.

The IBO’s report is… to the point:

Disruptions are taking an increasing toll. The average number of delays in a month has increased dramatically, from about 20,000 a month in 2012 to more than 67,450 in May 2017. The average number of passenger-hours lost during the morning rush grew by 45 percent to almost 35,000 hours from 2012 to the 12-month period ending in May 2017.

Some eyebrow-raising data points:

  • The monthly number of passenger-hours of delay during the morning peak grew 45.3 percent from 2012 through May 2017, while average weekday ridership on the subway was just 8.5 percent higher
  • About one-fourth of weekday train runs have gaps in service
  • Passenger-hours lost to delays on a typical weekday during the morning rush have increased — most on the J/Z (up 71 percent), C (69 percent) and the 7 (62 percent)
  • Lost hours have increased the least on the 3 (up 25 percent), G (26 percent) and 4 (31 percent)
  • The dollar value of the hours lost to delays on a typical workday morning is about $1.2 million a day, or $307 million annually
Read the full report

Tyler Woods

Tyler Woods is the lead reporter for Brooklyn. He has previously worked in television and as a small town print reporter. He’ll answer if you email him.


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