Report breaks down how much time New Yorkers waste waiting for delayed subways

Posted On Thu, October 26, 2017 By

Posted On Thu, October 26, 2017 By In Transportation

Photo courtesy of Roman Kruglov on Flickr

The Independent Budget Office released yet another incriminating report this week about New York City’s subway system. Not only are the subway’s growing delays costing the city up to $389 million each year, but the IBO also found that delays end up setting back New Yorkers nearly $1.23 million every day in lost work time, totaling about $307 million every year. And now, the budget office on Wednesday released a report that breaks down the length of time passengers wait on a station platform for every subway line, except shuttles. According to the report, the average number of passenger hours lost to delays systemwide during the work week between 7am and 10am this year grew by 45 percent from 2012, up from 24,000 hours to 35,000 hours.

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Chart via the IBO

Passengers commuting on the J/Z experienced the biggest increase in hours of delay, with a jump of 71 percent in wait time. Hours of delay on the C train increased by 69 percent and on the 7 train by 62 percent. Lines with the greatest number of average hours lost on a typical weekday were the 5 train, the A train and the F train.

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Chart via the IBO

The performance of the subway system, currently in a state of emergency, has declined dramatically in recent years, with more gaps in service and fewer trains arriving on time. And while the MTA released its emergency action plan to fix the subway– and has begun refurbishing some of its trains and stations–the funding of the plan remains in question.

Read the IBO’s report, “Morning Malaise: How Much Extra Time Is Spent Waiting for the Subway on Your Line?” here.


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