Albany Day 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!

Majority of City Council Backs #FairFares!

On the steps of City Hall, we joined the Community Service Society (CSS) for a big samuelspeakingfairfareswebpageannouncement: 28 New York City Council Members and 29 advocacy organizations have joined our push for half-priced MetroCards for low-income New Yorkers (#FairFares)! See our letter to Mayor de Blasio.

They’re not alone: according to a new poll from CSS, 73% of New Yorkers want to see #FairFares and 62% would be more likely to vote for a mayoral candidate that backs this proposal. Check out our press coverage in the Daily News, amNY, NY1, El Diario, Dnainfo, Streetsblog, and more!

Not surprised that #FairFares is gaining momentum? Neither are we. But it’s up to you to make sure the Mayor gets our message and backs #FairFares in 2017.

Make sure Mayor de Blasio gets our message! Share the new video from CSS featuring Riders Alliance members and the high cost of transit for low-income New Yorkers.  Click to Tweet!


Share Your “Woes on the Bus” with Us!

IMAG0556Do you have a story about a time NYC’s buses let you down? Share it with us! Today we’re launching our call for riders’ “Woes on the Bus,” inviting New Yorkers to submit their stories of frustration with bus service on their website at

We’re not just collecting your stories–we’re also trying to fix buses too. If you haven’t seen it, our report, “Turnaround: Fixing New York City’s Buses,” released in July, describes a bus system that is both integral to New York City’s public transit system and, unfortunately, failing the 2.5 million daily riders who use it. If you want to help, join our campaign! Sign our Bus Turnaround Petition in favor to modernize and prioritize our buses here and reach out to our organizer, Stephanie Veras, at to get involved!

We launched our #FairFares Campaign!


Photo by Riders Alliance member Scott Shaw

Sign the Petition: #FairFares on the Subway and Bus for Low-Income New Yorkers!

On Sunday, April 10th, we stood with the Community Service Society to launch our new campaign for #FairFares for low-income New Yorkers!

All too often, the lowest-income New Yorkers can’t afford their MetroCards, even though they rely on public transportation more than any other income level. Sign our petition for #FairFares! 


Sign our petition to hold Governor Cuomo for the MTA!

Sign the Petition: Governor Cuomo: Make Good on Your Promise to Fund Public Transit!

You may have seen our recent video telling New Yorkers exactly who is responsible for our subways and buses: Governor Cuomo.

After making lots of promises to riders that he would contribute billions to improve New York City’s public transit, Governor Andrew Cuomo went back on his word. In January, he proposed that the State allocate $0 in new funds in this year’s budget to pay for the MTA’s 2015-2019 Capital Program, which funds maintenance, improvements, and expansions to our public transit.