Thursday, July 16, 2009

The 7 Line is Best in NYC

If the 7 Train is the best line in NYC, I would really hate to ride the C Train!
Rating the rails: No. 7 is best and C train is worst in new subway rankings
BY Pete Donohue and Michael Roberts DAILY NEWS WRITERS
For the second year in a row, the No. 7 is the best subway line in the city, with the L coming in a close second, a new report says.

The No. 7 line took the gold in the Straphangers Campaign's annual "State of the Subways" report because it has more frequent and predictable service, fewer breakdown delays and cleaner cars.

No. 7 riders also have a fairly good shot at getting a seat, said the report, which was released Wednesday.

"I like the 7 train," Hakeem Marsh, 19, a Queens high school student, said.

The route that runs between Times Square and Flushing, Queens, earned a $1.55 score out of a possible $2 under the fare-based system used by the advocacy group.

The survey was done before the June hike adding another 25 cents to the one-way bus and subway fare. The L line earned a MetroCard rating of $1.50.

The worst line of 21 surveyed is the C line, according to the report, partly because mechanical malfunctions occur most frequently on that line.

The C is a local running between 168th St. in northern Manhattan and Euclid Ave. in East New York, Brooklyn.

It earned a score of 50 cents.

"Sometimes when you get on, it smells really bad, and it's sometimes really hard to take," said Vinnie DiChristo, 20, an actor from Manhattan and a C line rider.

The L and No. 7 lines benefited last year from a pilot program that gave them additional cleaning staff and their own general managers with more accountability, Gene Russianoff of the Straphangers Campaign said.

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