C subway line: the worst in New York City?

It’s one of the hottest spots in New York City. Temperatures soar and sweat runs down your back. Spots to sit are sparse, and after a long day, your knees […]

It’s one of the hottest spots in New York City. Temperatures soar and sweat runs down your back. Spots to sit are sparse, and after a long day, your knees ache from the wait itself.

NYC Subway Rats

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Meanwhile, the smell of stale trash wafts into your nose as fat rats scurry down below. You’re on a subway platform, but you’re also waiting for the C so it’s twice as bad.

In fact, it’s the worst—the worst subway line in New York City, according to the new “State of the Subways” report card. The Straphangers’ Campaign of the New York Public Interest Research Group released its 13th annual evaluation of the city’s 22 subway lines on Wednesday, and C line commuters have much to complain about.

The C fell below average on five of six categories: “amount of scheduled service, delays caused by mechanical breakdowns and announcements (all three next to worst); regularity of service; and cleanliness,” according to the report.

How do C line commuters assess the Straphangers’ findings that the C is the worst line? Well… They’re not surprised.

“I’m not sure it’s the worst, but certainly in my experience, it’s right up there,” says commuter Joseph Sinzer. “It seems in my experience to break down frequently. It never seems to run on time. The trains aren’t the cleanest. You can’t give it high marks on anything.”

“It’s dirty, it’s slow, and it never comes on time,” says commuter Samba Ba, who uses the line four to five times a week.

“Because the timing, you have to wait forever for the C train. I think it probably has to do with the fact that the availability, especially the weekends, is horrible. After 10 p.m., you have to wait a really long time,” C line commuter Ray Koscinski says.

What’s been your experience with the C line? Is it the worst or are there other lines that infuriate you even more?

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