C worst, No. 7 best in annual subway report
C train riders, you have plenty to kvetch about.
The Manhattan-Brooklyn line ranked dead last among 22 subway lines surveyed by the Straphangers Campaign. The annual report released Wednesday compared scheduled service, breakdowns, crowding and cleanliness.
“It's never working,” said George Williams, 40, a longtime C rider from Brooklyn. The line suffers from regular breakdowns and less frequent service, the State of the Subways survey found.
The C also has some of the oldest cars in the fleet, dating back to 1964, which may figure in the problems. The line probably won't get new digital cars until 2014, a NYC Transit spokesman said.
The No. 7, in contrast, arrived every two and a half minutes during rush hour and was spick-and-span, the report found. The L train also ranked high. Both lines have benefited from a new managerial approach, with one person in charge of each line, that has been implemented systemwide this week, said Gene Russianoff of the Straphangers Campaign.
Overall, train breakdowns increased from last year's report. Transit recently had to cut back on maintenance because of its ailing budget, Russianoff said.
New cars rolling out throughout the system have dramatically improved train reliability from a decade ago, Transit said. The survey does not reflect car updates made on several lines this year.
Anastasia Economides contributed to this story.
Best overall: No. 7
Worst overall: C
Most scheduled service: No. 6,7,1
Least scheduled service: M,C,W
Least breakdowns: N,Q,No. 2
Most breakdowns: C,G,V
Least crowded: V,Q,B
Most crowding: L, No. 4,N