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October 7, 2010, 11:21 am

C Train Ranked Worst in the City, Again

The G train approaches.Liza Eckert The G train approaches Classon Avenue. The line got good marks for cleanliness but breaks down a lot.

Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s most accessible subway lines aren’t doing so well, according to an annual assessment by the Straphangers Campaign.

The group’s report ranks different lines by cleanliness, reliability, crowding, delays, breakdowns and announcements, and issues each line its own “MetroCard Rating,” a dollar value averaging how it performs on each.

The C is the worst line in the city, for the second year in a row. It has a MetroCard rating of 55 cents — quite a bit lower than the runner-up, the R, which received a 90-cent rating. The 2 and the 3 did only slightly better, receiving 90-cent and one-dollar ratings, respectively. The 4 and the 5 land somewhere in the middle of the rankings, earning $1.15 and $1.05. The G doesn’t get a MetroCard rating, however, because it doesn’t enter Manhattan and therefore the Straphangers Campaign doesn’t have reliable crowding information. In a ranking by criteria, it performed fairly well on regularity of service (tied with the N for eighth), but worst in the city on breakdowns.

The 7, once again, is the top line in the city, with $1.60 rating. City Room pointed out that the top four lines — 1, 6, 7 and L — all have a track to themselves most of the time. The G has its own track from Court Square to Hoyt-Schermerhorn, but at Bergen Street it hooks up with the F (which got a 95-cent rating).

Subway performance seems to have gotten a little better overall since last year, however, since the rate of breakdowns has lowered and cleanliness and announcements have improved across the system. This report comes out just as the MTA approved a number of fare hikes, including raising the monthly unlimited rate from $89 to $104.


  1. 1. October 7, 2010 2:20 pm Link

    I like the G train! I just wish it ran more frequently on weekends.

    — brooklynette
  2. 2. October 8, 2010 11:09 am Link

    :-) it’s like i used to take the R Train, but not anymore since i moved away from brooklyn to manhattan. you can never rely on it, always slow and running late and jam packed with no space to squeeze in or take a breather at times.

    And as for C, i take that as an alternative to A, but then again the durations of time between trains are very long, just like the R.

    Since they both are Local trains, i can’t complain much when we have the alternatives like the N and A.

    — MJ
  3. 3. October 8, 2010 8:08 pm Link

    As someone who has experienced the B train in the Bronx and the C train in Washington Heights and Brooklyn (both run along the same local line in Manhattan), I’d have to say that the B is much worse than the C in terms of time between trains. But perhaps the B was cut some slack due to being only a part-time train line.

    — EJ
  4. 4. October 27, 2010 9:53 am Link

    Hey MTA! If you’re going to leave us out here on a train line that won’t go directly into the city, AT LEAST make sure the lines we rely on for Manhattan connections are functioning as well as any other train in the system!

    To read that the C is ranked LAST in the entire city is just the most depressing thing.

    In this neighborhood we pay the same fare as everybody else. But we have to wait on the arrival of a turd, which then takes us to a piece of crap, which finally takes us to our destination? No justice.

    I’m ok with 1 out of 2 being a stinker. I kind of made my peace with that. But to find out that BOTH of them are dogs–it’s too much to bear!

    What can be done? Who will stand up for us? Who speaks to the MTA on behalf of underserved neighborhoods? Do any of our local politicians care enough to make the C train an issue? Would it even matter if they did?


    Depressed, and now, Driving in Brooklyn.

    — jon greene

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