March 20, 2018 By Tara Law
A transit advocacy group selected a Forest Hills resident for a dubious distinction on Monday— the New Yorker with the worst subway commute of the week.
Second-grade teacher Laura Taylor left her Brooklyn school after a parent-teacher conference at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and did not arrive home for two and a half hours after delays caused by a signal malfunction at the Bergen Street station along the F/G line, according to grass roots organization Riders Alliance.
The group announced Taylor’s “victory” the same day the MTA acknowledged that the subway’s on-time performance hit an all-time low in January, according to the New York Times. Only 58.1 percent of trains arrived on time that month. Unfortunately for Taylor, the F train was singled out as the worst offender, with only 32.2 percent of trains arriving on time.
The Riders Alliance holds the contest each week to draw attention to the plight of subway riders in New York, according to the organization’s website.
Taylor’s saga began when she climbed into a Brooklyn subway shortly after 7:30 p.m. She waited 20 minutes for a train, which then slowly rolled through Brooklyn and into Manhattan. She switched onto the D train and then onto the E.
“I finally got home at just about 10PM,” wrote Taylor. “I got in bed, ready to wake up again at 5:45.”
As a prize for enduring her lengthy commute, Taylor will receive a chocolate MetroCard from the Riders Alliance.
For your chance to have your commute named the worst commute of the week, visit the link. Entries are due by midnight each Friday.