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Old 10-05-2015, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Confines of the 101 Precinct
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At which stop going to Manhattan is the A train at full capacity/no seats? Just wondering.
Usually no seats at Grant. At its worst, Rockaway Blvd. But thats the 1st and last cars - in the middle you tend to get some more room. Usually nobody can even get on the train by Utica.
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Old 10-06-2015, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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It's fairly reliable and compared to other transportation options it's a sweetheart deal.

NYC is a dirty smelly city and I've learn to accept that somewhat, sure I would like the subways to be a little cleaner but then I remember the subway is a 24/7 operation.

At some point we need a major overhaul of infrastructure though and I would like to see that happen in my lifetime. The summer platform conditions are a serious health and safety issue.
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Old 10-06-2015, 01:19 PM
 
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Agree about the A train. When it is rarely out of service, it is usually due to a sick passenger or police action.

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The system can be cleaner. But other than that I have no complaints. I can only remember 1 time this year my train was taken out of service during my daily work commute, and that just happened about 2-3 weeks ago. Other than that, the A train keeps a pretty consistent schedule. 6:45 AM its always there at my stop during the week.
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Old 10-06-2015, 01:58 PM
 
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Better than it was in the 70's.
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Old 10-06-2015, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Somewhere....
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The system gets you to your point A to your point B. Is It perfect, no. Does service stinks sometimes, sure. Does it have unruly passengers, it sure does. Lately there has been a lot of beggars and drugged up transplants in the public transportation system.
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Old 10-07-2015, 08:27 AM
 
Location: New York, NY
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The MTA is no comparison to the MTR in Hong Kong. The MTR is clean, fast and efficient. The cronies at the MTA are overpaid and incompetent.
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Old 10-07-2015, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Manhattan
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It has been terrible over the past year or so. A professional colleague commented to me the other day, "Oh, there basically isn't any train service on the weekends." This is not completely off target. She lives below us on FDB but walks up to 125th.

20 or 30 minute waits for the train ... not just weekends. Weekday mornings as well.
Too often, cannot get on the train once it arrives finally because it is packed.

Too often the train absolutely crawls down the express track to 59th. There cannot be another train ahead because we have all waited forever.

The worst thing is - they do not make announcements. For example, "The express is running very slowly !!!" would be great. People could take the local and be five or ten minutes late instead of 30 or more.

The randomness is also a nuisance. There is never any way to know. It's frustrating because it is such a quick trip if the train is normal.

I could also mention the "showtime" guys, who very frequently get on at 125th, but that isn't exactly service.

It's as bad on the East Side. Weekends are beyond the pale awful. Crushed like sardines when the train EVENTUALLY arrives, stations closed willy-nilly, NO express trains, trains cancelled at random.
Worse, you can go to their website 5 minutes before your leave and there is no warning. Something like: "ALL TRAINS SUCK...TAKE A BUS." would come in handy.
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Old 10-07-2015, 09:15 AM
 
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For a transport system it's fine, though very unpleasant at times.

As a showcase for the premier city of the USA, it's a bit of an embarrassment.
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Old 10-08-2015, 10:14 PM
 
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How would you all say it compares to the Chicago and Washington DC systems?

I only bring those two systems up because they are the largest systems in the U.S. after NYC.
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Old 10-08-2015, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Confines of the 101 Precinct
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How would you all say it compares to the Chicago and Washington DC systems?

I only bring those two systems up because they are the largest systems in the U.S. after NYC.
I've been on the DC Metro before...but as a tourist, not for work. DC's Metro is cleaner, but not as extensive.
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