Obviously, we have complained about the subway before. Plenty of times in fact. 

The subway being late, breaking down, not showing up, being too crowded or any of the other reasons has been a New York City tradition pretty much forever.

But thanks to new research, our grumbling complaints have become a now verified fact: MTA services are getting worse. 

According to the Gothamistdata recently released shows that delays are hovering at an estimate of 70,000 per month. This is up from 28,000 per month in 2012, well under half the amount currently.

The biggest reasons? One is that the subway tends to overcrowd, causing 30,000 delays last November. 

We wouldn't put the blame on the commuting New Yorker entirely, since we've all had to squeeze into a train like decaffeinated sardines working our 9-to-5s. Too many people in one subway can be the result of the bigger problem: breakdowns and late arrivals.

As stated on Curbed NY,  only 67 percent of trains reach their final destination within five minutes of their scheduled arrival, and even the 2 and 5 trains perform at a reliance rate of 40 percent.


Consider the fact that the subway tackles at least 6 million riders a day, this system has been on a steady decline due to it's age and usage. Governor Cuomo, known for his renovation plans, has in the past year, announced a capital plan on the system in April. 

He promised to divide funds needed to forge ahead with vast improvements like a new electronic MetroCard system and station overhauls. So far, he has succeeded in opening the Second Avenue Subway, although it had delays on the first day.


New Yorkers laughed at the familiarity on the line's debut, but in hindsight it's another reminder of the desperate overhaul the most commonly used NYC transportation unit needs.

[via Gothamist] [Feature Image Courtesy Pinterest]