Two More NYC Subway Lines To Get Scrutinized

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 12:53 PM

subway An R32 C train (Fan Railer/Wikipedia Commons)

New York's MTA is giving the A and C lines a full review.

This means the transit agency will scrutinize every aspect of the lines, from their on-time performance to the cleanliness of the stations.

A similar review of the G train last year led to service improvements.

In a letter to State Senator Daniel Squadron, who had requested the review, MTA chairman Tom Prendergast said the studies "will produce new insights and suggestions for improving the subway system." But while he offered hope, he also sought to manage expectations. The review, Prendergast wrote, won't be completed until next year. And, "depending on its outcome a line review may result in simple scheduling or other operational adjustments or require longer-term investments in future capital programs."

The C is the perennial loser in one annual rating of city subway lines, and advocacy group the Riders Alliance is campaigning to improve it. And it also uses the oldest cars in the subway system: the R32s are currently in their 50th year of service, and aren't slated to be replaced until 2017.

In a statement, Squadron called the review "a big deal for riders."

According to the MTA, 600,000 riders use the A and 150,000 use the C each weekday.





Comments [3]

Brian Wilkinson from 22205 100th road QueensVillage n.y. 11429

G TRAIN NOT GOING YOUR WAY. G TRAIN NEEDS TO BE EXSTENDED TO 179TH STREET AT ALL TIMES. so that F trains can go express to and from 179th street. So that people can get to where they are going on time. Extend the G train from 4 cars to 6 cars why do we have to run down the platform to catch the train? IT IS ALWAYS A PROBLEM? The train is always crowed. This is a diservice to the riding public. Especialy to Queens Residents only 2 stations in Queens. What sence does this make? Tranfering at court square is a hasle. FormerTransit Worker who was fired for having a pacemaker and heart condition. I want my back pay my overtime pay my lunch time pay that I worked and did not get. How do you work overtime and don't get paid for it. Isn't that called slave labor!,,, OUT OF WORK AND NO JOB!!!

Jul. 01 2014 03:25 AM
AMHess from Harlem

It has been a treat to ride the R-160s, but the R-32s would be fun to ride if they were rehabbed and restored. They have a vintage feel and provide an unobstructed view out the front/rear of the train which is unusual these days. Unfortunately, broken A/C, earsplitting brakes and rodeo bucking usually have me eager to switch to the A. The headways on the C often make it worthwhile to just walk to an express stop or another line. Better service and equipment could do wonders for ridership.

Jun. 20 2014 03:15 PM
Rick from Crown Heights

I notice they have been introducing newer cars to the C line in recent months, though those classic old ones still predominate. I don't mind the old cars so much somehow, both for the nostalgia and the flow of seating seems rather efficient.

I'm sure I'm speaking for all C riders, however, when I say we just need more frequency trains. It's so annoying to wait during the morning commute as three A trains fly through the station between C trains.

Jun. 20 2014 11:55 AM

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