New York City’s dilapidated subway system plagues riders in more ways than simple annoyance. The frequent delays and service changes also translate into lost wages and lost time, which, when calculated collectively, amount to staggering numbers. Taken altogether, New Yorkers lose more than $864,000 and over 35,000 hours each day thanks to train problems. A new study finds that train problems are indeed getting worse with time, and nearly every subway line saw increases in delays over the past year. The F line and the A line represent the worst of the entire bunch, and regular riders on those trains suffer worse than average losses of time and wages. The MTA has disputed the authenticity of the new report, but does acknowledge that delays have worsened recently.
- Taken altogether, New Yorkers lose more than $864,000 and over 35,000 hours each day thanks to train problems.
- Nearly every subway line has experienced increases in delays and disruptions, but the A and F train lines remain the worst in terms of hours spent waiting
- The MTA has disputed the authenticity of the report’s findings but still does concede that wait times have worsened recently
“The city’s Independent Budget Office has published yet another study that details how commuters are affected by the ailing subway system.”