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Patrons ride the number 7 subway train Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New Yorkers can agree on one thing... the subway stinks


New Yorkers can agree on one thing... the subway stinks

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Subway service delays and changes are detailed for commuters on a digital information screen at New York's Penn Station during the morning rush hour in New York, Wednesday, June 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Barbara Woike)

The issues

We decided to hear firsthand from subway riders. Constant late trains, delays and service breakdowns were some of the complaints we got. 

When you’re rushing to work in the morning and you need to catch a train, it can be infuriating to be late due to delays. However, this is a harsh reality for many commuters in New York City.  

From what they say, the trains are rarely on time, and they frequently break down.  Another common complaint about the subways is their lack of cleanliness.

Passengers stand in the doorway of a subway car as they wait for the train to depart the 34 Street-Hudson Yards station during its first day open to the public, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in New York. The station links Times Square to a booming neighborhood on Manhattan's far West Side at 34th Street. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

New Yorkers have been complaining about the subway for a long time, but unfortunately, there’s not a lot they can do about it.

FILE - In this March 24, 2016, file photo, patrons ride the number 7 subway train in the Queens borough of New York. If you're a transportation buff, New York City is the perfect destination. There's the storied Grand Central Terminal, over 100 years old, with constellations from the zodiac designed into the ceiling. There's the Transit Museum in Brooklyn, with vintage cars and advertisements from the 20th century. The tram to Roosevelt Island is fun _ as long as you're not afraid of heights. But best of all for a mere $2.75 a pop, you can have a colorful adventure just riding the subway. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

No way out:  

Subway riders have been dealing with these issues for years, but for many, there’s simply no way around it. The subway is the most affordable and feasible option of getting around NYC.

People walk on the platform for the 7 Line train, Wednesday, June 22, 2016, in New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says more needs to be done to curb a rise in sex offenses in the New York City subway system. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Trapped with no way out, New Yorkers are stuck with only their outrage. So many New Yorkers take the MTA on a daily basis, and yet they say the system continues to fail them. 

Redeeming qualities?

Our interviewees struggled to find redeeming qualities of the subway system, but they were able to find a few.  Air conditioning and free wi-fi serve as diamonds in the rough. One person was so hard-pressed to find a silver lining that he cited the subway map’s color scheme as a positive.


At least the MTA understands how bad the system currently is. New Yorkers could try to take solace in the fact that the MTA knows what’s wrong, and they’re working on it.  

It can be tough to look through the cons, but at least these trains get people where they need to go at an affordable price. 

(The article was provided by Circa Campus in partnership with GenFKD which has fellows on college campuses around the nation. Circa Campus Contributor: Nick Cioffi)

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