New Yorkers Are Officially Competing to See Who Has the Worst Commute of the Week
A New York City woman was honored with the first ever “worst commute of the week” award on Tuesday.
The Riders Alliance awarded Queens librarian Jennifer Trang its inaugural prize after she was stuck in a subway tunnel for two hours just one stop away from her home... after forgetting to go to the bathroom at work.
On Jan. 20, Trang boarded the R train after work, thinking that it would be a normal 30-minute ride home. But when she was just one stop from her home, the train stopped. The conductor alerted passengers that signal problems were delaying the train. It was two hours before the train moved again.
"By the time the train pulled into the 67th Avenue station, I had to run to a nearby Starbucks in order to pee," Trang wrote online. "Now, before boarding the subway, even if it's for one stop, I use the bathroom before I get on the torture chamber that is the MTA subway."
Besides the ultimate NYC prize of being officially recognized as the most miserable person in the room, the winner of the “worst commute of the week” also receives a chocolate replica of a MetroCard.
The weekly award is part of the Riders Alliance’s efforts to shame New York Governor Andrew Cuomo into improving the city’s deteriorating metro system. According to the group's data, New York City’s subway system has the worst on-time performance of any public transit in the world. Over the past five years, train delays have tripled and run more slowly than they did in the 1950s.
Think your commute was terrible enough to deserve an award? Tweet your grievances to @RidersNY and you too could be a winner.