by Gilbert B Norman
The New York Times reports that timekeeping on the Subway has improved systemwide, the numbered lines - mostly former IRT - are leading the lettered, or those of the BMT and IND.
.Subway officials in New York City held a news conference recently to celebrate the system’s progress. The on-time rate for trains hit 76 percent, they boasted, signaling a “renaissance” for the floundering system.Have to wonder if those around here who make daily use of the System agree with The Times' report.
But that figure masks a surprising disparity.
While the numbered lines have seen a notable boost in reliability, many of the lettered lines are still delivering poor service. The F train has a miserable on-time rate of about 50 percent — the lowest in the system.
“It seems like there’s always something, from a sick passenger to signal problems,” said Paul Galloway, an F train rider who lives in Brooklyn and works at the Museum of Modern Art. “It just seems like a cursed line to me.”