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State of the subways report has L among best lines in the city, A among worst

How did your subway fare? (Sorry).

The dystopian L train from Specular's VR film, "Blackout." (Courtesy image)

So as much as we complain about the L train, study after study shows it’s actually pretty good as far as MTA subway lines go.

A new report by the New York Public Interest Research Group’s (NYPIRG) Straphangers Campaign ranked each subway line in the city last year, with the 1 train coming out on top and A all the way at the bottom.

A few highlights from the report:

“The L had a nearly perfect score for accurate and understandable subway car announcements.”

“The A provided less frequent midday service than the average subway line and its subway cars experienced breakdowns at an above-average rate.”

“The car breakdown rate worsened from an average mechanical failure every 141,202 miles to every 131,325 miles, comparing the 12-month period ending December 2014 to December 2015 — a loss of 7%.”

“Subway regularity decreased since our last report. Lines meeting the “wait assessment” standard — which measures the regularity versus gaps and/or bunching in service — decreased 1.4%, from 78.8% regular in our last report, to 77.4% regular in the period ending December 2015. We found that only four lines improved … while sixteen worsened.”

Read the full report
Series: Brooklyn

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