Subway Customer Satisfaction Up Six Points from Spring 2022
Metro-North Satisfaction Increased to 89%; LIRR Remains High at 81%
Approximately 65,000 Customers Submitted Responses
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced the results of the bi-annual Fall 2022 Customer Satisfaction Survey for New York City Transit (NYCT), Metro-North Railroad, and Long Island Rail Road (LIRR). The survey is used to gauge MTA customer satisfaction by soliciting detailed feedback from customers on their experience across the Authority’s agencies. The scope of the survey covered a vast number of topics ranging from service reliability and on-time performance to station cleanliness and personal security.
The latest survey results revealed satisfaction on all transportation modes increased or remained high. Overall satisfaction for personal security while on board trains increased for both LIRR and Metro-North since the last survey conducted in the Spring of 2022. For subway customers, the top concerns included safety and security, with improved perception of conditions since the Spring 2022 survey. For bus customers, overall satisfaction increased, and customers’ top concerns included service and reliability.
“The customer satisfaction survey shows our customers are feeling more and more confident in using mass transit,” said MTA Acting Chief Customer Officer Shanifah Rieara. “We hear what is important to our customers, are focusing on those needs and we will do everything we can to make sure customers have the best experience using the subway, buses, Access-A- Ride and the commuter rails.”
“Improving customer satisfaction is our North Star and we appreciate the thousands of responses we received,” said New York City Transit President Richard Davey. “This feedback directly informs what we focus on to ensure safe and reliable service on every subway, bus, or Paratransit trip.”
“I want to thank our customers who took the survey and ensure them we are taking their responses into consideration on the railroads,” said Metro-North Railroad President and LIRR Interim President Catherine Rinaldi. “This feedback will help ensure our customers have the best experience possible.”
Customer feedback has been central to help the MTA focus on the right areas to improve the overall customer experience as it continues to welcome back riders to the transit system. The MTA has taken unprecedented measures since the all-transit agency bi-annual customer satisfaction survey was initiated, including running shorter monthly ‘Pulse’ surveys to gather feedback more regularly.
The Fall 2022 Customer Satisfaction survey was conducted from November 21 to December 5 and was offered in English, Spanish, and by phone for those who preferred speaking to a live agent. The MTA, in total, received approximately 150,000 line evaluations and survey responses.
The latest survey results revealed satisfaction on all transportation modes increased or remained high. Overall satisfaction for personal security while onboard trains increased for both LIRR and Metro-North since the last survey conducted in the Spring of 2022. For subway customers, the top concerns included safety and security, with improved perception of conditions since the Spring 2022 survey. For bus customers, overall satisfaction increased, and customers’ top concerns included service and reliability.
Below are customer satisfaction highlights from each of the MTA’s agencies:
New York City Transit Highlights
Subway customer satisfaction increased to 54%, up six percentage points from the Spring 2022 survey.
Meaningful gains were seen in: service reliability, up four percentage points, personal security, up seven percentage points in stations and nine percentage points on trains, reduced people behaving erratically on trains, up seven percentage points
All subway lines had improved satisfaction scores, with strongest showing by the lines.
Among those using the subway less now than pre-COVID, the most frequently mentioned reasons were personal security at 44%, down from 61%, and ability to work from home at 40%, down from 47%.
Local, Limited and Select Bus customer satisfaction levels were at 64%, a marginal increase from Spring 2022 at 63%. Bronx customers indicated a two point gain in satisfaction to 61%.
Express Bus customer satisfaction bumped up three points to 79%.
Bus cleanliness rose four points, up to 70%.
Access-A-Ride customer satisfaction increased by four points to 65%.
Satisfaction with the two highest importance attributes rose, on-time pickup rose by eight percentage points, and customers’ rides showing up rose six percentage points.
Long Island Rail Road Highlights
Since the Spring 2022 survey, overall satisfaction with the Long Island Rail Road has remained high at 81%.
LIRR line level satisfaction remained high on all lines. The Oyster Bay branch had the largest increase of six percentage points in customer satisfaction, bringing it to 76%.
Key drivers of satisfaction for LIRR are primarily service-related, including service reliability, on-time performance, and seat availability.
Nearly two thirds of LIRR customers who are riding less frequently cite their top reason as their ability to work from home.
Metro-North Railroad Highlights
Since the Spring 2022 survey, overall satisfaction with Metro-North Railroad increased by two percentage points, with 89% of customers saying they were satisfied or very satisfied.
The Hudson (90%) and New Haven (88%) lines each had an overall satisfaction increase of three percentage points, while the Harlem line remained constant at 89%.
Key drivers of satisfaction for Metro-North are primarily service-related, including service reliability, on-time performance, and seat availability.
Two thirds of Metro-North customers who are riding less frequently cite their top reason as their ability to work from home.
The MTA conducted a robust outreach campaign to invite participation and ensure a statistically valid sample. Outreach included extensive marketing and a recruitment campaign, including a direct email blast sent to two million MTA customers, who were also approached through the Authority’s social media channels.