John Raskin, Executive Director, is an organizer and political leader with extensive experience in New York City and State politics. Prior to co-founding the Riders Alliance, he served as chief of staff to New York State Senator Daniel Squadron. Prior to that, he worked for five years as a community organizer and director of organizing for Housing Conservation Coordinators, an affordable housing advocacy organization on the West Side of Manhattan.
Do 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 www.ridersny.org/buswoes.
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.
As part of an agreement with Mayor de Blasio, Governor Cuomo agreed to contribute $7.3 billion in State funding to the MTA’s Capital Plan. On January 8th, the Governor seemed to double down on that promise, announcing in a major speech a number of transit improvements and promising to bring the MTA into the 21st century.
Instead of living up to his promises, the Governor allocated $0 to the MTA Capital Plan in his 2016 Executive Budget. Without a timetable for allocating funds the MTA will take on even more debt which could lead to fare hikes and service reductions.
So we’re launching a campaign to get the Governor to contribute the $7.3 billion he promised the MTA—and we need your help!
A report released by the Riders Alliance and endorsed by the Global Gateway Alliance, New York’s advocates for world-class airports, shows that turning the MTA’s Q70 route into a Free LaGuardia Subway Shuttle would result in thousands more travelers using the subway to get to LaGuardia—and could be implemented immediately with likely no net cost to the MTA.
Download our report here to see why a Free LaGuardia Subway Shuttle could be a net revenue gain for the MTA–and to see our multi-layered plan to improve transit access to LaGuardia. Public transit should take New Yorkers everywhere they need to go…including to the airport!