Today's New York Times includes an article about the strain on NYC's subway system, outlining which lines are strained beyond capacity, leading to poor performance (i.e. overcrowding and late trains). Not surprisingly, it's the 4,5,6 and L trains that suffer the most.
Also not surprising to anyone who rides them is the performance of the Q and B trains. According to the MTA, the Q runs at about 71 percent of passenger load, 83 percent of its capacity (trains per track) and 98 percent of trains run on time. The B train's performance is similar.
Congrats PLG - we've got one of the top performing subway lines in the city at our disposal. One caveat - the data appear to reflect lines as a whole, so there is no breakdown by borough. It could very well be that most lines perform well in Brooklyn, but get tied up badly in the Bronx, etc.
Ok, so no shockers here. However, we're pretty impressed that the MTA decided to actually look at its data and make it public. Given that the MTA has new management at the helm, this could be the beginning of a new era of transit improvement in NYC.