C Train Not Getting Better Any Time Soon

08.26.11 Myles Tanzer

This week, the C train was named the worst subway line in New York. Now it seems the MTA is going to kick the loser while it’s down. The R32 model cars that the train uses are also the oldest subway cars in the transit system. MTA officials have just decided to extend their life for at least another 4 years — just in time for the cars’ 53rd birthday.

According to the New York Times, “New York City Transit will spend about $24 million to refurbish the R32s for their extended careers.” Can’t the cash-strapped MTA avoid a facelift and just let us ride these cars until the wheels fall off? (Photo: Twig_is_the_Future/flickr)