Neighborhood by neighborhood, Riders Alliance members are fighting for better public transit service at affordable fares for all New Yorkers. We hope you’ll join us as we embark on our ambitious 2015 agenda!
Some of our 2015 campaigns include:
1. State Funding for Public Transit
Metrocard fares are rising yet again–for the fifth time in just seven years. If Governor Cuomo and legislators don’t step up and do their part to fund the MTA’s 5-year capital plan, riders could face even larger fare hikes in the future. We’re organizing riders to fight for the funds we need to keep our subways and buses running–without another enormous hike in transit fares. Visit ridersny.org/funding to join the fight for fair fares!
2. Bus Rapid Transit for NYC
Almost 900,000 New Yorkers commute more than an hour each way to work, and that number is growing. Bus Rapid Transit can help: a real BRT system would help hundreds of thousands of people spend less time in transit and more time at home with their families. Riders Alliance members are pushing for BRT on key corridors around the city:
- Woodhaven Boulevard in Queens
- Flushing-Jamaica in Queens
- Utica Avenue in Central Brooklyn
- 86th Street in Manhattan
Visit ridersny.org/brt to learn what you can do to help win this important–and cost-effective–improvement for bus riders.
3. Improving the C Train in Central Brooklyn
The C train is notoriously infrequent and unreliable, but it’s a lifeline for many New Yorkers—especially in Central Brooklyn, where riders have no other options. We won a Full Line Review of the A and C trains; now it’s time to make sure that review leads to real changes. Visit ridersny.org/ctrain to get involved.
4. Implementing Pre-Tax Transit Benefits
Last year we won important new citywide legislation that expands access to pre-tax transit benefits—which could help save the average New Yorker making the median wage as much as $443 per year. We estimate that 450,000 New York City residents will newly gain access to transit benefits when the bill goes into effect. Our next job is to follow though and make sure that the city implements this new law as effectively and aggressively as possible. Contact email@example.com to help out.
5. Expanding Countdown Clocks
In 2014, we won $3 million in new funds in the City budget to expand the number of bus stop countdown clocks in the city—from only a handful of bus stop countdown clocks right now to more than 100 next year. In 2015, we’re going to keep up the pressure to make sure these bus stop countdown clocks are actually installed, and to make them cheaper so we can win more. We may even expand our countdown clock campaign to include the lettered subway lines that still don’t have this popular technology. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you’re on board.
6. …and more!
What is your idea to improve public transit? Riders Alliance is always looking for ideas to improve public transit in New York. Please tell us what will make your commute better—we welcome input on concerns as universal as “I think crosstown buses should be free” and as specific as “the signage is confusing at my subway station.” How could subway or bus service improve for you? Tell us here.