Best and Worst Subway Lines – Metro US

Best and Worst Subway Lines

Not all subway lines are created equal. In fact, some lines run like clockwork, while other trains are plagued by filth and grime, long waits and overcrowding.

The 7 and the L were deemed the best lines, according to a study released today by the Straphangers Campaign. But the C line is by far the worst in the system, finds the report, which used MTA data to rank the lines.

The 7 made the top of the list because of its clean cars, availability of seats, infrequent breakdowns and frequency of service. The 7 train comes an average of every 2-and-a-half minutes during the morning rush, compared to a systemwide average of a 5-and-a-half-minute wait on other trains.

Riders on the C, however, endure long waits for trains, a higher frequency of mechanical breakdowns and dirty trains.

C-train riders agree with the report’s findings.

“Living on the C line is definitely not the best,” said Ilana Arazie, 35, disembarking from a C at Port Authority this afternoon. “It’s slow and it doesn’t show up very often.”

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