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New subway study discovers New York's most on-time train is… the L train?

Will Gleason

A new study from the state comptroller’s office—which has allegedly been conducted in this world—has returned some pretty surprising findings on New York’s subway system. Delays were up across the board in 2014 with 74% of trains on time on weekdays and 81% of trains on time on weekends (down from 81% on weekdays and 85% on weekends in 2013.)

Of the bunch, the 4 train was the worst offender with less than half of its arrivals on-time. The strongest on-time performance according to the audit? The L train, which had an on-time performance of 94%. What, exactly, the L train has on the state comptroller remains unclear.

The MTA strongly disagreed with the report's findings arguing that “wait assessments” are a better indicator of subway performance than whether or not a train is on-time. The comptroller noted, however, that MTA wait assessments also fell in 2014, and faulted the agency for lowering its on-time performance goal of 92% in March 2015 to a lowly 75%. No other major US transportation agency has a goal below 90%.


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