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The C Train Is the Worst Subway Line Again

Commuters walks on a platform after disembraking from a train at a subway station in New York, November 21, 2008.  The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authorithy (MTA) said that to plug a 1.2 billion USD budget gap next year, it must increase fare and toll revenues by 23 percent, which would raise an additional 670 USD million if the increase goes into effect in early June. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

For the fourth consecutive year, the C train is at the bottom of its class, according to the annual Straphangers Campaign "State of the Subways" report card, which counts the rickety line as both the dirtiest and most likely to have mechanical delays. On the other end is the Q train — reliable and pristine, relatively — which is good at showing up on time, keeping riders informed with announcements, and doesn't sound as if it's about to screech and rumble right down through the tracks into hell.

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Photo: EMMANUEL DUNAND/2008 AFP