The Straphangers Campaign has released its annual State of the Subways report. NY1's Tina Redwine filed the following report.
The Q line runs from Coney Island in Brooklyn, through Manhattan to Astoria in Queens. And now, for the first time in more than a decade, it's the top train in the Straphangers Campaign's annual report.
Passengers who spoke with NY1 seemed to agree with the ranking.
"Riding the Q is always a great experience," said one straphanger.
The report analyzed MTA data for the first half of 2011 - the latest available - and found that the Q gives riders clear announcements.
Your chances of getting a seat and a clean subway car on the Q are above average and there were fewer breakdowns on the line, which may be why the Straphangers valued a ride on the Q at just under half the $2.25 fare.
Rounding out the top 5, the 7 and the J/Z trains at $1.55; the 1 train at $1.50; and the L, and 6 trains tied at $1.45.
A ride on the C line ranked last, valued at just 85 cents.
"[The] C train is nasty," noted one subway rider.
"It's always dirty, it's always late," said another rider.
The head of the Straphangers Campaign says that's partly because there are lots of mechanical delays on the C.
"It uses very old cars. Cars that date back to the administration of Lyndon Baines Johnson who was President in '64," said Straphangers Campaign Head Gene Russianoff.
The MTA says 300 new subway cars are on order and will allow them to retire the C line cars. The authority adds scheduled wait times are longer on the C because ridership is lower.
The MTA has changed some of its measurements over the last few years. Russianoff says only three out of the six factors can be directly compared to previous reports.
"Subways are a little less clean, but the announcements are a little better," he noted.
The MTA has also increased the distance cars go before breaking down.
"They're doing a better job," Russianoff said.
And with a fare increase scheduled for March, passengers on the worst lines are hoping some of that extra money will buy them a better ride.