New York City’s J/Z Subway Line Ranked Best for Service, Report Shows

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s J/Z line, which helped inspire the stage name of the famous rapper, was named the best New York subway route for its regular service, while the C and No. 2 trains tied for last place, according to a report from a rider-advocacy group.

The Straphangers Campaign, an arm of the New York Public Interest Research Group, released today a ranking of the city’s 20 major subway lines. The report, which used data compiled by New York City Transit from 2010, looked at six performance indicators: regularity of service, seat availability, cleanliness, clarity of announcements, breakdown rate and amount of scheduled maintenance.

“For riders and officials on lines receiving a poor level of service, our report will help them make the case for improvements, ranging from increases in service to major repairs,” the report said. “Future performance will be a challenge given the MTA’s tight budget.”

The J/Z line, which led the pack on regularity of service, took the top ranking for the first time since the initial survey in 1997. Jay-Z, whose given name is Shawn Carter, grew up in the Marcy Houses public residential complex in Brooklyn near the Marcy Avenue stop on the J, M and Z lines.

The No. 2, which runs between Brooklyn College and Wakefield Avenue in the Bronx, took last place for the first time in 14 years after performing worst on seat availability and next to worst on regularity of service. The C train, which runs between Euclid Avenue in Brooklyn and Washington Heights in Manhattan, was rated the worst line for the third straight year.

On a typical weekday, 5.1 million riders use the subways of the largest U.S. transit agency. MTA officials said last month that measures including increasing toll and fare revenue by 7.5 percent in 2013 and 2015, after a similar boost was instituted last year, would negate the need for service cuts.

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