The Q at Parkside

(for those for whom the Parkside Q is their hometrain)

News and Nonsense from the Brooklyn neighborhood of Lefferts and environs, or more specifically a neighborhood once known as Melrose Park. Sometimes called Lefferts Gardens. Or Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Or PLG. Or North Flatbush. Or Caledonia (west of Ocean). Or West Pigtown. Across From Park Slope. Under Crown Heights. Near Drummer's Grove. The Side of the Park With the McDonalds. Jackie Robinson Town. Home of Lefferts Manor. West Wingate. Near Kings County Hospital. Or if you're coming from the airport in taxi, maybe just Flatbush is best.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Q is Number 1! (the train, not the blog).

From the credible Straphangers Campaign:

1. The best subway line in the city was the Q with a “MetroCard Rating” of $1.60. The Q ranked number one in the system for the first time since 2001. The Q ranked highest because it tied for best in the system on announcements — and also performed above average on three measures: delays caused by mechanical breakdowns, seat availability at the most crowded point during rush hour, and subway car cleanliness. The line did not get a higher rating because it performed below average on the amount of scheduled service and average on regularity of service. The Q runs between Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue in Brooklyn and Astoria-Ditmars Boulevard in Queens. 
 I'm recusing myself. Comments?


devineopine said...

I for one am SHOCKED! Having lived off the Prospect Park stop, I was always so so frustrated with the Q. Always stopping on or creeeeping over the bridge, stopping leaving DeKalb, it feels like the N is always prioritized when two are trying to go over the bridge at the same time, and you could die waiting for it late night. Lots of service changes and work while I was living there, which required taking a shuttle bus to Atlantic and taking the D.

In my experience it actually runs BETTER on the weekends than during the week; I haven't decided whether that's a good thing or a bad thing.

If the Q is the best train, that tells you more about the entire subway system than anything else. Yeesh.

Anonymous said...

The crawl over the bridge is the 'towers' ... several trains are accessing one track at the same time.

Part of the reason I bought my apt here? Stay as far away from the F.

I clocked the Q many times from Parkside to Union Square. At its fastest? 18 minutes. At its slowest? 30 minutes.

Anonymous said...

The Q can be bad, yes, but I agree that most lines are worse. My life is so much better since I left the effin' F train.

Paul G

ElizabethC said...

Hmmm. I hate the Q because it's impossible to get a seat most times. Lot's of love for the B though.

Anonymous said...

Agreed. The F and the R are so bad it makes Central & South Park Slope unlivable to me. So glad we left those trains behind. Those areas have much better amenities but they need to -- they can't leave their neighborhood without it being a long ordeal. We actually go to Manhattan a lot more now that we can do it so much more easily.

Anonymous said...

How can the q train be rated best? There is no info on when the next train is coming. Most trains on the Lexington,8th avenue 7th ave atleast tell you when the next train is going to come. Yet for some reason there is no time table for a train running on the Broadway Line! If you live on the q train and you live on of the local stop you almost come to expect that your stop will be skipped at anytime for any reason.

babs said...

Not to worry - they do that all the time on the 2/5. Any time they get a bit behind they announce at Franklin Ave that the train will stop at President St and then skip Sterling St., meaning I have to get off at President and walk from there. When it's really bad, they just go express from Franklin to Church. And those time clocks are killers when you see your train is due in 23 minutes - seriously, at that point I'd rather not know.