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    Subway Facts

    DATA: Here are some nice New York City Subway facts to fill your Thursday afternoon with sunshine.

    Some random facts from the New York City Transit Riders Council (reported on by the shrill right-wing nut-jobs at the NYPost, a beacon of trusted journalism.):

    * An updated subway map was not posted at 38 percent of stations.

    * Platforms and stairs were in good condition at only 66 percent of stations.

    * Exposed or hanging wires were a problem at 54 percent of the stations.

    Hanging wires? Yikes. One of the five worst stations is the stop at 205th street in the Bronx, pictured below. (I can almost smell the urine just looking at it.)

    Here are some light and fun PDF charts that rank each subway line on a number of factors, from cleanliness to reliability.

    Overall Ranking

    Detailed Results

    Rank by Performance Indicator

    Overall, I like the simple representation of these charts. However, I'd prefer a simple percentage to the confusing $0.00 to $2.00 scale. Yes, I get it, it's the price of a subway ride. Cute, yes. But helpful? Not really.

    You have to be impressed with the D Line, traveling close to a half-million cumulative miles between breakdowns. Let's think about that. The D Line trains go 448,404 miles between breakdowns, what else could be about that long? Hmmm, the radius of the Sun is 432,164 miles. Impressive, no?

    (Via Gothamist 1 and 2)

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