In a surprise twist that will shock the world, or at least most of Brooklyn and some of Queens, a recent analysis of the MTA by the Straphangers Campaign found that the dreaded G train has the fewest delays of all the train lines.
So Brooklynites blaming failed relationships on the G may need to direct blame elsewhere — like its Park Slope companion, the F, which had the most delay alerts in the first ten months of 2012.
Less surprising was the discovery that delay alerts increased after Sandy, in a comparison of the first three months of 2012 with the first three months of 2013. The campaign largely focused on the first ten months of the year, to avoid confounding the results with the aftereffects of superstorm Sandy.
The study analyzed the MTA "electronic alerts," which are sent out in realtime to warn riders of significant issues that lead to delays.
Straphangers only included delays that are deemed controllable by the MTA. As the MTA apparently does not record the duration of a delay, it was not possible to determine how long the delay lasted — so while the G train had the fewest delay alerts with 34, or one percent of a total 2,669, those 34 delays may have extended far longer than the F train's, which comprised eight percent of the total 2,669.
The G is the MTA's Most Improved Player, though: it had 19 percent fewer delay alerts in the first 10 months of 2012 than in the same time period in 2011, down from 42.
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