We won bus countdown clocks!

bus countdown clock rally photo FINALBig news for bus riders: 11 City Council Members approved almost $2.8 million to install countdown clocks at bus stops across the city!

Bus countdown clocks are a major step forward in improving the daily commutes of riders in all five boroughs. See details at WNYC, CBS, DNAinfo, NY1, amNY and Metro.

Bus countdown clocks will now be appearing in the following City Council districts:

Bronx:  Fernando Cabrera ($113,000); Andrew Cohen ($40,000)
Brooklyn:  Brad Lander ($240,000); Mark Treyger ($100,000)
Manhattan: Margaret Chin ($260,000); Dan Garodnick ($950,000); Corey Johnson ($35,000); Ben Kallos ($640,000)
Queens: Eric Ulrich ($180,000); Mark Weprin ($35,000)
Staten Island: Steven Matteo ($200,000)

This victory is testament to the power of organizing: thank you to our grassroots Riders Alliance members who worked alongside our allies in City Council to make this city-wide improvement happen.

Save $ with Pre-Tax Transit Benefits

4-27-14 transit benefits rally photo --patty huttonThe average New Yorker can save $443 every year with pre-tax transit benefits–a hefty savings when the fare keeps going up.

Help us pass Council Member Garodnick’s Affordable Transit Act, which would help hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers access this transit tax break by requiring employers of 20 or more people to offer the benefit to their staff.

It’s a win-win: riders get a break, and employers save money on taxes.

On Sunday, April 27th, we rallied with Council Member Garodnick and transit advocates in support of this legislation. Please see our press release here.

See our report that shows how this important legislation could open up transit benefits to as many as 605,000 New Yorkers who don’t currently receive them.

Our Ambitious 2014 Agenda

Mayor-elect de Blasio has promised 20 Bus Rapid Transit routes to help beleaguered commuters.

Mayor-elect de Blasio has promised 20 Bus Rapid Transit routes to help beleaguered commuters.

Thank you to all our members for a fantastic 2013.

For an organization that’s only 18 months old, we’ve already made great strides.

This year alone, we won:
25% more G trains throughout the afternoon and evening;
• Buses that run earlier, later and more often on the Astoria and Long Island City waterfront;
Station improvements for N and Q train riders; and
• Additional services for riders affected by the R and G train tunnel construction. Continued…

You’re Invited: 2013 Gala

facebook logoPlease join us for the Riders Alliance 2013 Gala, a fun opportunity to celebrate the progress we’ve made and prepare for the coming year.  RSVP today to join the party!

 

What’s Next?

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Faster buses? Affordable fares?

In our first year, the Riders Alliance won big victories: better G train service, more buses for Bay Ridge, better N and Q stations in Astoria, and more.

Now we’re deciding our 2014 priorities with our members. To submit ideas for what we should focus on in the next year, send us an email to 2014@ridersny.org.