Group ranks C, 2 trains worst in NYC subway system

By MEGHAN BARR | August 24, 2011 | 5:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's C train has earned the unwelcome distinction of being the worst subway line in the city for the third year in a row.

The NYPIRG (NY'-purg) Straphangers Campaign commuter advocacy group disparaged the line in its 14th annual State of the Subways report. The 2 train tied the C for the lowest ranking in the nation's largest subway system.

The C runs between Brooklyn and upper Manhattan. The 2 ferries commuters between Brooklyn College and the Bronx.

The Straphangers rank the C poorly on scheduled service and delays caused by mechanical breakdowns. The crowded 2 is the weakest in seat availability during rush hours.

The J/Z train ranks the best. It runs between lower Manhattan and Queens.

The New York City Transit agency said Wednesday it appreciates the Straphangers' "fun and unique" take on subway service.