25% of subway trains showed up late the last year

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These people have been waiting for a train for six days. via Flickr user Russ Allison Loar

As you’ve sat patiently or paced impatiently looking down the tunnel waiting for a train, did you ever think to yourself, “Man, this is taking longer than I feel like it does”? Ordinarily we would say you were just summoning up some persecution in your own mind, but no, it turns out that the MTA really was screwing you over more than usual, because a new report says that a quarter of trains showed up late between October 2013 and October 2014. Too bad your old boss won’t rehire you even though some of those late arrivals weren’t technically your fault.

The amount of trains late by at least five minutes was up 6% from October 2012 to October 2013, and the total amount of delays went up to 41,500 per month the past year, which is a 51% jump in delays from the previous year. So at least the MTA is increasing something other than fares. Hey-o!

Whose fault are all these delays? Your, partially, apparently, since aside from blaming track work and maintenance for the delays, the MTA blamed crowded platforms and increased ridership. Paradoxically, the platforms might not be so crowded and full of people holding the doors if the trains arrived on time. Which come to think of it, that’s not really a paradox so much as it is a thing the MTA should work on fixing.

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