New York, NY –
Subway service is getting worse, according to The Straphangers Campaign's annual report card.
Gene Russianoff of the riders' advocacy group says, according to New York City Transit's own data, from 2006 to 2007 trains traveled 4.5 percent fewer miles between breakdowns. The report shows that car maintenance on 17 lines worsened while improving on just five lines.
The head of New York City Transit, Howard Roberts, said cuts in the budget for replacement parts had probably led to more breakdowns but he vowed to put money back into the program.
On all measures, including frequency of service and clarity of announcements, the L line scored best while the W was worst.