However trendy it may be to knock the G, a new report finds that the oft-ridiculed subway line continues to outperform its reputation, while delays along the neighboring L train have gotten dramatically worse.
New York City's subway platforms have more graffiti, more water damage, less exposed wiring and slightly fewer rats, according to a new survey released today.
"There were a lot of good things that happened, but most people will remember the storm and the two pushing deaths," said Gene Russianoff, staff attorney at NYPIRG's Straphangers Campaign, which this morning issued its third-annual year-end list of the M.T.A.'s best and worst moments.
Manhattan's congested streets are home to New York City's 'pokiest' and 'schleppiest' bus lines, according to a new report.
Bus riders who smartphones can use the M.T.A.'s new "Bus Time" app to find out when the next one's coming.
M.T.A. chairman Joe Lhota has made it his mission from the beginning to improve the image of his authority.
This was the week that Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has historically avoided mass transit in New York City, took ownership of the M.T.A.
"He's made it clear to all New Yorkers if there was any question," said Noah Budnick, deputy director of Transportation Alternatives, adding, "It's been abundantly clear this week."(1)
Joe Lhota, the not-so-new keeper of New York City’s subways and buses, has said that the success of his tenure as chairman of the M.T.A. should be measured by his ability to change its reputation from bad to good. Only then, he argues, will legislators fund it properly.
Today, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced during his regular Friday morning radio appearance that the city's much-touted, long-awaited bike share program, which had originally been scheduled to debut in July, would instead launch in spring 2013 thanks to a frequently cited, but never fully explained, problem with its "software."(2)
Want a seat on the subway during rush hour? Best avoid the 4, 5 and E trains, where your odds of seat attainment are only 23 percent, 23 percent and 30 percent, respectively, according to a report just released by the Straphangers Campaign.
Each day, the New York tabloids vie to sell readers at the newsstands on outrageous headlines, dramatic photography, and, occasionally, great reporting. Who is today's winner?
The G train, contrary to popular belief, is not terrible.
The only subway line connecting Brooklyn to Queens, the G actually generated the fewest M.T.A.-issued, and M.T.A.-caused service alerts in 2011 of all of the 20 New York City subway lines analyzed, according to a study released this morning by NYPIRG’s Straphangers Campaign.
Of the nearly 2,967 significant-incident alerts that could be attributed to M.T.A. action, or inaction, only 45 were generated by the G line.
Since the premature demise of would-be 2013 mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, who famously told Mayor Michael Bloomberg that upon becoming mayor he would “have a bunch of ribbon-cuttings tearing out your fucking bike lanes,” transportation advocates have been able to breathe a measured sigh of relief.(1)