for over a month now, i havent left my apartment without either crutches or a cane. and though my taxi/car service use has increased, public transit is still my primary form of transportation. so here’s my down and dirty rankings of riders willingness to give up their seat for someone with a cane/crutches.
DISCLAIMER: i ride some lines more often than others, so some are based on tiny sample size (confidence interval is probably HUGE on those). also, if the train is only 25% full and there are plenty of empty seats, i cant really gauge willingness to give up seats. additionally, a-division trains (those on number lines) are narrower than b-division trains (those on letter lines), so that may bias my decision.
C - often crowded, but even mean looking old women regularly offer their seats to me
B/D - you know those seats that jut out from the sides? people love giving those up
1 - the way too friendly upper west siders are good, the students are a coin flip
A - see B/D on seats
N/Q - too many tourists
R - see N/Q on tourists
F/M - never really trust those LES-ers
6 - its fine, i guess
L - they like pretending they dont notice you
4/5 - never seen so many grown healthy adults fight for so few seats
2/3 - pretty decent at the tail ends, but the 34th/42nd/72nd stretch is chaotic
7 - who goes to queens anyway?
S - no beach, no prospect park, and i dont do times square or grand central
G - never crowded enough
J/Z - i forget these lines exist sometimes
E - im a brooklyn bound C-train man, the E is the bane of my existance