Kate Hinds is an Associate Producer for WNYC News. She also reports for WNYC and Transportation Nation, a public radio reporting project that combines the work of multiple newsrooms to provide coverage of how we build, rebuild and get around the nation.
NYC Subway Service is Either 'Deteriorating' — Or Not
Tuesday, May 06, 2014 - 11:47 AM
Delays on the New York City subway are on the rise — which could be be a harbinger of deteriorating service.
That's according to the Straphangers Campaign, which analyzed years of MTA alerts. According to their report, the number of alerts of delay-generating incidents increased by 35% in two years — from 2,967 alerts in 2011 to 3,998 in 2013. (The group removed 2012 from the equation because Sandy greatly affected the delay numbers — to to mention the ongoing health of the subway system. It also removed so-called 'uncontrollable' incidents, like sick passengers.)
"There's a problem," said Gene Russianoff, the head of the Straphangers Campaign. "And it can't just all be attributed to Sandy. I think maintenance and overcrowding are factors."
Sitting atop the list is the F line, which had the most alerts sent to subscribers. The J/Z had the fewest.
"F train riders who complain about the quality of service have a real beef," Russianoff said.
(photo by Kate Hinds)
But the MTA disputed the premise of the report, saying service alerts aren't meant to be used as a performance metric.
The agency released a statement that said, in part: "Our wait assessment metric, which includes BOTH controllable and non-controllable incidents and measures the amount of time customers have had to wait for a train, provides a more comprehensive picture of service quality...Since 2011, the amount of time customers have had to wait for a train throughout the system has remained flat.”
To read the Straphangers report, go here.