Transit The worst things about the NYC subway By Melissa Kravitz firstname.lastname@example.org Updated October 15, 2018 10:41 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email What time is it? Time to whine about the subway. In a city that loves to complain, don't expect New Yorkers to rave about the MTA: New York's most necessary evil is just so terrible to us. From sights to smells to sounds, the NYC subway can get pretty awful. Here are our least favorite things about it. Missing your train by seconds Photo Credit: iStock We've all been there: You run down the stairs, get through the turnstile and sprint to your train, only to see its doors close a second before you're able to cross the threshold. It's one of the few times it's acceptable to yell (or at the very least issue a low growl) in a subway station. People who hold the door Photo Credit: Alison Fox People who hold the door should be fined for holding everyone else up -- oh wait, that's actually an MTA rule, even if it's rarely enforced. Just don't be that guy (or girl), OK? Just don't. Waiting for the train at a station Photo Credit: iStock It's bad enough subway carts are crowded, but when they don't come on time, the station becomes packed and it turns into a case of survival of the fittest on who will board the train first. The price Photo Credit: iStock Throwback to March 2008 when a 30-day card was $81. Or 10 years before that, 1998, when it was a mere $63. To compare, a Chicago CTA 30-day pass costs only $100 and student discounts are available. The physical MetroCard Photo Credit: <a href="http://bit.ly/1OwnvaY">mtaphotos via Flickr (CC BY-SA)</a> Even seasoned New Yorkers swipe too quickly and get stuck in the turnstyles. Why isn't this an app already?? Rain puddles ... inside Photo Credit: Getty Images / Spencer Platt Whenever it rains, we get to play a fun little game of "Frogger," but instead of dodging cars, we're avoiding disgusting puddles of runoff mixed with rust (and who knows what else) at the bottom of staircases and on station platforms. Snow-related delays, service changes Photo Credit: Getty Images / Stan Honda As if trudging through a snowstorm to get to work wasn't bad enough, now you're stuck on your train -- or worse, it just doesn't show up. The announcements you can’t even hear Photo Credit: iStock We're late because of a what? What's happening? What? People sleeping across seats Photo Credit: iStock Sometimes there's the occasional subway rider taking up seats sleeping who makes you want to shout, "This is not your bed, sleep somewhere else!" Signal problems Photo Credit: Getty Images / Spencer Platt You know you've seen this alert from the MTA: "Trains are running with delays due to signal problems." What does that even mean? The sounds Photo Credit: iStock Is there a desperate cat tied to the bottom of every subway car? Why are the rails so deafening? That can't be safe. The random schedule changes Photo Credit: <a href="http://bit.ly/21ewRAT">mtaphotos via Flickr (CC BY-SA)</a> Oh, this train is just going to stop at Roosevelt Island and never turn around. OK. Fine. Whatever. When no one’s behind the booth to help with MetroCards Photo Credit: iStock Sure, there's MetroCard machines, but sometimes you're stuck with two cards that both have insufficient amounts, but combined they equal the fare, and only way to do that is with the help of someone in the booth. When there is train traffic ahead of you Photo Credit: <a href="http://bit.ly/1TgXTB0">YoungDoo M. Carey via Flickr (CC BY-SA)</a> Hold on, didn't we take the train in the first place to avoid all the street traffic? Traffic? Seriously. We're underground! Get with the program, MTA. Subway shuttles Photo Credit: <a href="http://bit.ly/21ewRAT">mtaphotos via Flickr (CC BY-SA)</a> These are NOT subways. Not only are they not underground, on tracks or accessible via turnstiles, these are just buses that get stuck in traffic along the route -- maybe -- of a train. Just call them what they are MTA: Buses. Subways that are supposed to be in sync with other connections Photo Credit: iStock We've all been there. Especially the Staten Island Ferry riders, who just miss the ferry by a minute and have to wait a half hour for the next. The temperature Photo Credit: iStock After you freeze from waiting for the train in all your layers you're way too hot and sweaty in your parka and suddenly it's summer and you're melting but wait the A/C just turned on and now you've turned to ice. Repeat. Rush hour Photo Credit: <a href="http://bit.ly/22dTQex">Ianqui Doodle via Flickr (CC BY-SA)</a> Why can't everyone just work from home? It's way too crowded at pretty much every hour. Two words: Show. Time. Photo Credit: <a href="http://bit.ly/1V6vNwX">Peter Burka via Flickr (CC BY-SA)</a> What time is it? Time to get kicked in the face. When someone drops a water bottle on the floor and it just rolls back and forth forever Photo Credit: <a href="http://bit.ly/1ZYDuop">tamasrepus via Flickr (CC BY-SA)</a> Literally the worst thing ever because no one is picking that thing up. The smells Photo Credit: iStock "Ah, the smell of Manhattan" - where subways have the mixed aroma of garbage, urination and the unknown. Whether you're on the subway or at the station waiting, it is never nose-friendly. Backpacks Photo Credit: iStock "Oh yes, I love being smacked about the body by someone else's backpack on a crowded train," said no one ever. Manspreading Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz It's just so bad. Tourists who think your head only exists to block them from seeing the map Photo Credit: <a href="http://bit.ly/1V6ypLl">Bob Kieffer via Flickr (CC BY-SA)</a> Even worse, tourists who don't see your head at all and are totally fine brushing past your ponytail to see the fastest (probably not) route from Times Square to South Street Seaport. People who don’t move into the center of the car Photo Credit: <a href="http://bit.ly/1ZYFRHB">Tasayu Tasnaphun via Flickr (CC BY-SA)</a> Have you never been in a crowd before? Come on. People who stand by the doors and don’t get off Photo Credit: <a href="http://bit.ly/27sMnw7">Michael Semensohn via Flickr (CC BY-SA)</a> Sorry not sorry we have to push you now. People who forget the subway is a public place Photo Credit: <a href="http://bit.ly/1R4IVM4">Richard Yeh / WNYC via Flickr (CC BY-SA)</a> Stop making out, doing your makeup or like anything else you wouldn't do in front of your boss. People. Photo Credit: iStock OK, that basically sums it up. By Melissa Kravitz email@example.com Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.