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Straphangers Campaign: Subway Delays Up In 2012, Early 2013

Study Found F Train Had The Most Delays
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Superstorm Sandy caused nearly a 30 percent increase in subway delays during the first three months of this year, according to a study by the Straphangers Campaign.

The study was based on MTA electronic alerts of so-called controllable delays — problems related to signals, switches and track.

It found that the number MTA electronic delay alerts increased by 29 percent in the first three months of 2013 when compared to the number of alerts in the same period in 2012.

“Months after battering New York City, Superstorm Sandy continues to hurt subway service,” said Gene Russianoff, staff attorney for the Straphangers Campaign.

The study also found that subway delays were up by 10 percent in 2012, 10 months before the storm.

The F train had the most delays in 2012 prior to Sandy, accounting for 8 percent of the 2,669 alerts issued.

The L train had the largest increase in delays – 60 percent.

The line with the fewest delays was the G.

The MTA said the study doesn’t paint a full picture of the service issue but does serve to highlight the agency’s efforts to keep customers informed.

To see the full study by the Straphangers Campaign, visit www.straphangers.org.

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