Community Organizing for Better Public Transit in New York

The Riders Alliance fights for reliable, affordable, world-class public transit and a more just and sustainable New York.

Help win better public transit for all New Yorkers! Learn more about our current campaigns for reduced fares for low-income riders, an improved city-wide bus network, alternatives for L train riders during the shutdownState funding for public transit, and more. We’re happy to have you on board!

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Riders are making a difference. Together, we are pushing our elected officials in Albany and right here in New York City to stand up for riders and fix our transit system. Let’s keep up the momentum!

Here are three fun and important opportunities to get involved in the Riders Alliance campaigns coming up in the next couple of weeks. Please join us – we need your help!

1Campaign to Fix The Subway! This Wednesday, April 18th at 6:30pm, join us for our post budget Fix The Subway Campaign Strategy meeting! Together we’ll learn what is (and is not) in the state budget for transit riders, and how we can continue to hold Governor Cuomo accountable to fix the subway. RSVP here or contact Rebecca at rebecca@ridersny.org for more details!

2. Fight for Fair Fares! Mayor de Blasio still hasn’t agreed to fund Fair Fares in this year’s City budget. Join Riders Alliance members in the Bronx this Wednesdayevening, April 18th, to “bird dog” Mayor de Blasio and ask him to stand up for low-income transit riders. For more information and to RSVP, contact Danna at 212-590-9507 or danna@ridersny.org

3. Come to our “All About That Bus” Happy Hour! On Wednesday, May 2nd, join us for great food, drinks and a special panel discussion and Q&A about why our buses are terrible and the powerful steps bus riders are taking to make a difference. RSVP here for this fun and exciting happy hour!

Please join us! We hope to see you soon.

Best,

Samaya Abdus-Salaam
Membership Organizer

 

It’s “#FixTheSubway Civics Week”!

Subway riders are tired of long waits underground, crowded trains and endless commutes. But many New Yorkers don’t understand why our subway system is a mess or what they can do to fix it. That’s why we kicked off “#FixTheSubway Civics Week!”

All week, volunteer transit activists will teach fellow riders everything they need to know about the politics of transit — and how to call on Governor Cuomo to fund and fix #CuomosMTA.

Read our “#FixTheSubway Civics Week” Lesson Plan to learn all about why our subways are falling apart. You’ll also find specific instructions and a script for calling on Governor Cuomo and our elected leaders in Albany to fund and fix our subways in this year’s budget!

Then, sign our petition at www.cuomosmta.com!

“Subway Delay Action Kits”: Request your own!

New Yorkers lost 35,000 hours last year in the morning rush due to subway delays. Do something with that time! Turn your frustration into action with the new Riders Alliance “Subway Delay Action Kit” – help turn fellow riders into activists when you’re stuck underground!

Request your own Subway Delay Action Kit at www.CuomosMTA.com.

Governor Cuomo is the key to fixing the subway. He runs the MTA and he plays the dominant role in the budget and legislative process to come up with a long term solution to fix the subway and make sure there is the funding needed to make it happen. The next legislative session starts in January. We’re calling on the Governor to lay out a credible plan to modernize the MTA so we won’t have all these delays and breakdowns and pass a fair and sustainable source of revenue to pay for it. Join us in the fight at www.CuomosMTA.com!

Community Consensus Proposal for the L Train

With a partial closure set for 2019, we worked with riders and community groups to identify new transit options that will serve riders from Chelsea to Canarsie. Check out our Community Consensus Proposal here! Also take a look at the press coverage we go in: Politico, amNY, and NY1.

A Letter from the Executive Director: We Are A Democracy Organization

To the entire Riders Alliance community-

I usually write to ask you to take action to improve public transit. Today is different. This is more personal.

Looking ahead to the coming years, I feel deep anxiety and uncertainty.

So I wanted to take a moment to explain why we do what we do at the Riders Alliance.

We are known as a transit organization; in reality, we are a democracy organization. Our mission is not only to win better trains and buses; it is to make our city more just, more inclusive, more compassionate, and more sustainable.

That is what public transit can do, and it is why we fight for funding, and for Fair Fares, and for better buses, and for all the other campaigns that have consumed our last few years.

We don’t yet know what the election results will mean for public transit. But we know that our work for better transit is part of the broader struggle: against bigotry, and oppression, and recklessness. For mutual respect, and compassion, and protection from harm.

So to our members, some of whom are feeling unsafe today, I wanted to share two key thoughts:

1) You are the source of our strength. Community organizing is about building democratic power, to hold our public officials accountable to our needs and our values. To the degree that the Riders Alliance can exercise that power in pursuit of justice, it is because all our treasured members have joined together to make it possible.

2) We will stand with you, and together we will be stronger. When New Yorkers are threatened with deportation, or harassment, or isolation, or poverty, it is our job to protect each other, and we take that responsibility seriously.

Public transit connects us and helps us move forward—literally and figuratively. It’s where we see each other and share in the experience of living in this city.

In the coming years, we will continue to work to improve public transit. Not because we love trains, but because we love each other.

Sincerely,

John Raskin
Executive Director