Straphangers releases its best and worst of the subway for 2013
Fare hikes, the subway kittens, and ongoing repairs due to Hurricane Sandy made the transit advocates' end-of-year list of MTA mishaps and successes
Wed Dec 11 2013
Photograph: Donna Dotan
It's that time of year again: For the fourth year running, the transit advocates at Straphangers have named what they think were the best and worst transit events of the past year. And unsurprisingly, Hurricane Sandy is still getting much of the credit for the worst moments: Last year's storm resulted in nearly $5 billion in damages to the subway system, and caused a 29% jump in delays during the first three months of 2013. And let's not forget the fact that the storm has damaged tunnels and stations to the extent that some—including the Montague Tunnel, which carries the R line, and the South Ferry 1 stop—are closed entirely for repairs.
Also on the worst-of list: fare hikes, which took effect in March and increased the base subway fare to $2.50; the crummy state of subway platforms; the spike in transit-related deaths this year; and Joe Lhota's memorable kitten-related gaffe during the run-up to the mayoral election.
But it's not all bad (sort of)! On the advocates' best-of-the-year list were the expansion of Select Bus Service and the implementation of Bus Time across all Manhattan buses; the MTA's comprehensive review of the G train, and its recommendations to make the maligned line better; the release of the MTA Subway Time app; and the fact that the planned fare hikes for 2015 and 2017 have been cut in half, which may ease some commuters' minds.
Head to Straphangers for the full report, and let us know: What did you think were the best and worst subway moments this year?
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