L train a slow caboose
Advice to L train riders - bring extra reading material.
Delays on the L jumped in January, with nearly half of the trains arriving late on weekdays, according to MTA figures to be presented today.
Service ended up being really lousy on the L, said William Henderson, executive director of the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA.
The delays stemmed from switch work and concrete replacement at the 8th Avenue station in Manhattan, NYC Transit spokesman Paul Fleuranges said. While the three-month job was finished in January, Fleuranges did not say if service has since improved.
The transition to running the L line through a computer signal system did not add to the delays, he said.The L's sluggishness stood out in what was otherwise one of the better months for the city subways. Delays on the numbered trains fell by 20 percent, and eight lines made double-digit improvements.
Equipment repair accounted for some of better performance progress, Fleuranges said, as did attention to improving service on seriously delayed lines like the No. 2 and 3.
Least delayed lines: M, J/Z, W
Most improved: 4, 2, B
Most delayed lines: L, 4, F
Least improved: L, V, E