Pair of subway reports knocks MTA

July 29, 2008 4:05:17 PM PDT
As conversations continue about a proposal to hike subway rates, two studies were released Tuesday rating conditions and services.The first study, done by the Straphangers Campaign, looked at all 22 subway lines.

The L train ranked the highest because of the regularity of announcements and it's on-time performance. Coming in dead last was the W train. Its performance was below average in regularity of service, car breakdowns, car cleanliness and announcements.

To read the full report, CLICK HERE.

The report also found an increasing number of subway car breakdowns, saying mechanical failures occurred about every 156,624 miles in 2006 and every 149,646 miles in 2007.

It says it is a "troubling trend" that raises "questions about the condition and maintenance of the aging transit fleet."

Some stranded riders also may be left to wonder what's going on.

The report said accurate and understandable subway car announcements declined from 90 percent in the second half of 2006 to 85 percent in the second half of 2007.

The report also assesses such factors as cleanliness and the chances of getting a seat on individual subway lines.

The transit system got a double-whammy on Tuesday. In his own report, Assemblyman Dov Hikind cited "rotting wood separating from the platform, dangerous gaps between the train and the platform" and "metal beams breaking away from concrete."

To read Hikind's report, CLICK HERE.

The cash-strapped MTA has proposed an 8 percent fare increase in 2009 for millions of subway, bus and regional rail riders - and another 5 percent hike in 2011. The agency says the fares are needed to cut deficits coming from rising fuel costs and shrinking real estate income.

Some fares just went up 3.5 percent in March.

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