F Train Most Delayed In NYC Transit System

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The F and G lines. A rider waiting for the G has an 800 percent chance of getting his train sooner than a rider waiting for the F.
The F and G lines. A rider waiting for the G has an 800 percent chance of getting his train sooner than a rider waiting for the F.

When it comes to delays in New York City’s transit system, the F train gets a red “F” by a riders’ advocacy group.

According to the Straphangers Campaign’s annual report card released Wednesday, F train riders waited longer for their train than any other ridership in 2012. And for the first quarter of 2013, delays jumped an additional 29 percent due to Superstorm Sandy’s effect on the area.

“Months after battering New York City,” Gene Russianoff, staff attorney for the Straphangers, said, “Superstorm Sandy continues to hurt subway service.”

The Straphangers Campaign said they got their results by analyzing service alerts by the MTA. The report only reflects delays the transit authority could have prevented, not those caused by police investigations or stops for ill passengers.

The F line composed 8 percent of the 2,669 alerts sent out by the MTA, compared to the G line, which at 1 percent of the total experienced the fewest delays.

Delays on the F, which services most of Boro Park’s ridership, increased 10 percent since 2011.

MTA spokesman Charles Seaton said in a statement that the report did not reflect a complete picture, but “it does serve to highlight one of the efforts in place to keep our customers informed.”

Rider Boo Killebrew, a 32-year-old from Park Slope, Brooklyn, told the Daily News that he was not surprised by the rating.

“Literally, anytime I’m late for anything, I say it’s because of the F train and people just nod their heads,” Killebrew said. “I’ll be out here for 25 minutes some time.”