Straphangers Campaign

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    F Line Tops The List of Subway Lines With Preventable Delays

    On the heels of a terrifying derailment that left 19 commuters injured--four of them seriously--on Friday, comes a report confirming, yes, subway service has definitely deteriorated in the last two years. The F line, where Friday's derailment occurred, tops a list of train lines with the most delay- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2013

    An Express F Train May Be In The Near Future For Brooklyn

    This past August, the Straphangers Campaign gave the F train a $1.40 grade, which is basically a B or a C-. The score was given based on cleanliness, breakdowns and service - and, for the F train, this grade is sparing. The line between Culver and Jamaica-179th Street is known for its long waits; i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Long Live the G-Train? New Petition Tries to Preserve Park Slope Extension

    Well, here are four words we never thought we would type: Save the G-train? Brooklyn's straphangers, known to love the looping line as much as they hate it, are now rallying in support of the G: District Leader Lincoln Restler has organized a petition to keep the MTA from cutting off full Church Av ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    Survey Finds Subway Platforms Are Graffiti-Covered, Rat-Infested Messes

    ​Today in "Thank you, Captain Obvious," a transit advocacy group has found that many subway platforms are unsightly, unsanitary, rat-infested blights. You don't say! The Straphangers Campaign released the results of its first ever "State of the Station Platforms" survey today, and the news i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    M50 Bus Wins "Slower Than a Lawnmower" Acclaim

    According to this year's annual "Pokey" award, the slowest local bus route in New York City is the M50, which travels crosstown on 49th and 50th Streets between First and Twelfth Avenues, clocking in at just 3.5 miles per hour at noon on a weekday, according to Straphangers Campaign staff and volunt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    NYC Subway Payphones Don't Work Anyway

    ​Maybe we can only speak for ourselves, but it feels like modern brains and eyes fail to even register the existence of payphones, let alone their functionality. Nonetheless, the New York Public Interest Research Group's Straphangers Campaign, which advocates for transportation improvements, c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2011

    The Subway Is Pretty Gross, but the R Train Is Really Repulsive

    ​According to the latest Straphangers Campaign study, the subway is officially grosser than last year. Maybe it's all the spaghetti flying around? The R trains are the most disgusting, reports the New York Post, "with only 27 percent of them rated as 'clean.'" The cleanest line was the 7, with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Study Finds 83% of Subway Announcements Are Clear and Accurate, But Uh: No

    ​A new survey by the Straphangers Campaign claims that 83% of subway announcements, including routes, stations and transfer options, are both clear and accurate, making it seem instantly to anyone who has ever been on the subway that something is wrong with this study. New trains with pre-reco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2010

    Complaining About Snow Is So Passé

    New Yorkers wade through the 1969 "Lindsay" storm.​It's hard to tell if the New York Times is trying to celebrate or condemn all of this snow bitching. But a story on the paper's website today would like to remind you that whining about blizzards, and especially ragging on city officials abou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2010

    Subway "Report Card" Reveals that Even the Best Line (the 7) Isn't Worth $2.25 a Ride

    ​The State of the Subways Fall 2010 "Report Card" (seriously, guys, can we get a new name for this? We're having icky flashbacks) has been handed out by the Straphangers Campaign. And the rankings are intriguing! Did you know that subway riders want "short waits, trains that arrive regularly, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Westway, the Highway That Tried to Eat New York, Defeated 25 Years Ago This Week

    ​The Saw Mill, the Bronx River, and parts of the FDR were closed due to flooding this morning thanks to the monsoon that kicked in before dawn. But the West Side Highway, a.k.a. the Joe DiMaggio? Traffic is flowing fine there, thanks in large part because we never built Westway, the crazed mul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    Transit Bigs, Facing Crisis, Stage Spitting Olympics

    Daily News​The only thing more remarkable than the fact that some bus drivers needed sixty days off to pull themselves together after catching a gob of New York spit from unhinged passengers, is that there are no known recent instances of bus-driver-on-passenger homicides. Any number of killi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2010

    Survey: Subway Announcements Wah, Wha, Waaah...

    ​If you thought that you couldn't hear those garbled gobbledygook subway announcements alerting you to a delay or disruption at all, well, you were more than 50 percent right.

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2009

    MTA Stocking Stuffer? May Shut M and Z Trains, "Dozens" of Bus Routes

    This Christmas season, the MTA is planning a treat for all of us: service cuts! These were threatened during the last "Doomsday Budget" tsimmis, but relinquished when the fares went up. Now MTA is out of money again, and is considering the removal of "dozens of bus routes," and the W and Z subway l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    Straphangers Award "Pokeys" for Slowest Buses; M42, B63 Big Winners

    The NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign and Transportation Alternatives have announced their eighth annual Pokey Awards for the city's slowest buses, and the surprise winner is the M42 that lumbers between the Javits Center and First Avenue on 42nd Street. By the sponsors' calculations, the M42 achieves a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2009

    As Appeal Goes Forward, MTA Hit With New Atlantic Yards Suit

    Bruce Ratner and his Atlantic Yards project are really getting it in the neck this week. Tomorrow an appeal by landholders of the eminent domain seizure of their properties for the sports, shopping, office and residential mega-plan gets going in court. And now Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, state s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2009

    Train service is going to be really, really bad this weekend, and other bad transit news

    ​The MTA has chosen this weekend to start needed repairs on the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, A, C, D, E, F, G, J, L, N, Q, and R lines (a full list of service advisories is here). Some stops will be skipped, and parts of routes replaced with shuttle bus service. Note: there will be handicapped-accessibl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2009

    Top Marks to 7 Train, Low Marks to C, in Largely Meaningless Subway Survey

    The subway nudges of the Straphangers Campaign issued their annual State of the Subways report. The 7 train was their favorite, which in their MetroCard rating system means it's almost worth the price of a pre-fare-hike ride ($1.55); on the GCT-to-Flushing line you're more likely to get a train and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2009

    Chief Exec Sander Leaving MTA

    Less than 24 hours after Albany passed its MTA bailout package, MTA chief executive Elliot "Lee" Sander has resigned. In an interview with WPIX, he did not dispute the assertion that Governor Paterson requested his resignation. The Governor told WNYC earlier that the MTA is in need of a shakeup. ("D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2009

    State Senate to Unveil MTA Plan Nobody Likes

    The Mayor and others are pressing state senate majority leader Malcolm Smith (pictured) to do something to head off the oncoming MTA "doomsday" budget. Smith and his allies are expected to unveil a plan today with fare increases and payroll taxes -- both smaller than what the Ravitch Commission prop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2008

    In the Projects, Timing Elevators

    With New York City Housing Authority facing one of the biggest budget deficits in the private agency's history and the resignation last month of chairman Tino Hernandez in a cloud of controversy over dysfunctional elevators, things are looking pretty grim for public housing in New York. New York Ins ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2008

    Day of the Chicken, the Ikea Bus and More

    Curbed declared today the day of the chickens as restaurateur Alan Harding threatened to keep chickens in the backyard of his new place as a measure of revenge against the Brooklynites giving him heat for opening over a dozen restaurants in the borough with his partner Jim Mamary. They’ve been ra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2008

    MTA Bigwig Likes His Perks

    As average New Yorkers face rising food and fuel costs and looming MTA fare hikes, MTA board member David Mack sure seems to be enjoying his free ride. "Why should I ride and inconvenience myself when I can ride in a car?" the wealthy real estate developer was quoted as saying when asked yesterday ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2007

    Congestion Pricing Panel Named

    According to a press release from Mayor Bloomberg's office, the 17-member congestion pricing panel —3 appointees each from Bloomberg, Governor Spitzer, the City Council, Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and one each from the Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2007

    MTA Gets Set to Raise Fares

    When it comes to subway and bus fare increases, it isn't looking so much as a question of "if" but questions of "how much" and "when." Facing looming budget deficits, MTA executive director Eliot G. Sander said on Wednesday that the agency would seek to increase revenues from trains and buses, comm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2007

    Ranking Your Subway Ride

    The Straphangers say even the best subway lines are only worth $1.25. Photo by Duddyfunk via Flickr The 1 train is indeed No 1. And the C and W trains are the worst, according to the Straphangers Campaign, which issued its annual Subways Report Card today. Despite countless hellish weekends of sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2006

    Atlantic Yards Foes Hope for a Silver Christmas

    It isn't every day that a bunch of good-government groups hold a press conference to demand that an undemocratic, unelected state panel intervene to delay a public project. That was the scene today at City Hall, though, as several elected officials and budget-watch groups called on state assembl ... More >>

  • News

    July 5, 2005

    Exit Strategy

    When it comes to subways and terrorism, the best defense might be a good escape

  • News

    June 7, 2005

    Stopping a Stadium

    Heroes had different motives, but they shared scorn for the Jets deal

  • News

    December 30, 2003

    Getting Better All the Time

    Inside New York's Quiet Success Stories

  • News

    May 20, 2003

    Transit Hurrah

    The People Who Stood Up to the MTA Bullies

  • News

    October 30, 2001

    Terrors of a Subway Rider

    Notes From the Underground

  • News

    January 23, 2001

    Mixed Signals

    City Promises No Driverless Trains, but Sets Track for Automatic Subway