Subway delays up significantly

June 30, 2008 4:50:20 PM PDT
If you ride the subways, it's not your imagination - delays are up. Track work is a big reason. But so is passengers holding subway doors open. That, at least, is what New York City Transit officials are saying. In the words of Tom Petty, the waiting is the hardest part. And subway riders are waiting longer, since train delays this year are 44 percent higher than this month last year.

"The 7 is one of the least delayed trains, and I'd say the F, 4 and G are some of the more delayed trains," Christian Bailey said.

And Bailey should know, because he's keeping track of what's on track as a volunteer for the Straphangers' Campaign. Bailey's got the number of what numbers are notoriously late.

"If there was a delay for more than two minutes, I have to record it," he said.

NYC Transit blames the top seven train delays mostly on track work. They say 15,000 trains were thrown of their schedule during the month of April.

But a lot of the delays can't all be blamed on the transit system. Much of the problems, officials say, are due to riders holding open the doors.

In fact, they say it's the number two reason New York City Transit lists for delayed trains.

We got a mixed response from riders on whether holding doors open annoyed them. Many said they understood it as part of public transportation, but others disagreed.

"They're affecting other people, and they don't really care," one rider said. "They're being selfish."

It affects people like J. Lee Maldonado, who takes a bus and two trains to get from the south Bronx to the Flatiron District to open the salon where she works.

"It is very frustrating," she said. "Especially when you have to open a salon in the morning, and then you think you're going to be late, and you think you might have a client waiting outside or the staff is waiting for you outside."

And passengers not letting the doors close accounted for almost 1,000 delays. It's something to think about next time you're in a rush.


STORY BY: Eyewitness News reporter Nina Pineda