Author: John Raskin

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.

Big Wins for Bus Riders

Now for some good news out of Albany: bus riders can celebrate three big victories — all from our 2015 priority list:

1) Legislation passed at the State level to protect bus-only lanes so more buses
can be predictable, timely and reliable;

2) Legislation passed at the State level to make off-board fare collection work
on more bus routes–a big boost for Select Bus Service;

3) $1 million in new funding in the City budget to bring bus stop countdown
clocks
to more neighborhoods.

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Riders Alliance members worked hard on these fights: meeting with legislators, speaking out in the press, and focusing attention on the needs of bus riders. Now, thanks to our elected officials and Riders Alliance members, we’ve taken crucial steps to push for a more modern, reliable transit system—one that meets the needs of more than eight million people every day.

Thank you to our first-ever recipients of the Riders Alliance “Bus Champion”
awards, Assembly Member Nily Rozic and Senator Marty Golden, for fighting for
better bus lanes, and to the eight City Council members and the Queens Borough President who dedicated funds this year for bus stop countdown clocks!

Tell Us: What’s the Next Stop for #RideCuomoRide?

Cuomo in SelfieTired of Governor Cuomo’s silence about funding our subways and buses, Riders Alliance members invited the Governor to ride the subways with us during rush hour.

Well, we never heard back from Governor Cuomo, so instead of getting him to ride with us, this week, Riders Alliance members took “Governor Cuomo” on a ride! On Thursday evening, members took Cardboard Cutout Cuomo for a ride on the 7 train at Times Square – 42nd Street and asked New Yorkers–where should Governor Cuomo go next?

Now we need your help! Tell us which stations Cardboard Cutout Cuomo should visit! We want to take him to your least favorite stations–where do you deal with the most crowded platforms, longest delays, and worst station conditions?

Let us know–and follow Cardboard Cutout Cuomo’s adventures on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #RideCuomoRide!

Tell us: what station should Cardboard Cutout Cuomo visit next? And see our video and press from our most recent #RideCuomoRide event below!

Cardboard Cutout Cuomo Rides the NYC Subway from STREETFILMS on Vimeo.

See Cardboard Cutout Cuomo in …

Daily News: “Subway riders rip Andrew Cuomo for MTA funding by griping at cardboard replica of governor

NY1: “Transit Advocates Bring Cardboard Cutout of Governor on 7 Train

Gothamist: “Video: Cardboard Cuomo Forced To Ride Crowded Subway During Rush Hour

Donate to our “Members on Board” Summer Fundraising Campaign!

Please donate to our “Members on Board” summer fundraising campaign today!

You believe in our work to win better subways and buses for more than eight million daily riders, and to keep fares affordable for the New Yorkers who can least afford to pay more. And we can’t do it without you.

Now we’re asking you to take your support to the next level: please contribute to our “Members on Board” summer fundraising campaign.

Riders Alliance members are leading the grassroots fight for public transportation. Just this month, you held a dramatic reading of our “Subway Horror Stories” outside Governor Cuomo’s office in Manhattan, rallied for better C train service in Brooklyn, testified at Bus Rapid Transit hearings in Queens, and reached out to literally thousands of riders — to build a movement of riders demanding results.

Riders Alliance members are holding our elected officials accountable for better transit service and affordable fares. We’re building a powerful grassroots movement.

We need your help to make it happen. Please donate to our “Members on Board” summer fundraising campaign today so we can continue to fight for better service at affordable fares for millions of New Yorkers.

We Read Your Subway Horror Stories at Gov. Cuomo’s Office!

Subway Horror Stories002 web copyOn Sunday, Riders Alliance members camped out in front of Governor Cuomo’s New York City office, gathering around our campfire to share your Subway Horror Stories. Thanks to everyone who joined us for a great event!

If you couldn’t make it to the event, you can sign our #RideCuomoRide petition inviting the Governor to take a ride with us during rush hour to see for himself what all your horror stories are about! You can also read more about the event at the New York Post, New York Daily NewsamNY, and Metro New York!

We also want to thank everyone–over 400 of you!–who submitted their stories. We wanted to share some of our favorites with you, so that the next time you’re underground on a C train with no air conditioning or waiting on a platform wondering whether the L will show up today, you’ll know you’re not alone!

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But the story doesn’t end here: our terrible tales can have happier endings if Governor Cuomo and our Legislature step up and fund our subways and buses.

Right now, the MTA’s five-year capital plan has a $14 billion funding gap–and it’s up to our Governor and Legislature to close it. If Governor Cuomo doesn’t fund our subways and buses, fares will go up and service will get worse–and riders will have many more subway horror stories to tell.

If you agree that Governor Cuomo should fund the MTA, sign our #RideCuomoRide petition. After seeing what New Yorkers deal with every day, we’re sure he’ll finally understand why we need him to be a leader for better public transit in New York. And after you sign our petition, head over here to read some of your Subway Horror Stories!

Has your subway gotten worse?

subwayhorrorstoriesqns-7Our members report that subway service has been a disaster this week. Trains not arriving, hours spent underground… Has this happened to you?

If so, please share your subway horror story with us.  We’re collecting riders’ stories to take to Governor Cuomo and members of the state legislature, who have to decide whether or not to fully fund the next MTA capital plan.

Our elected leaders need to know that their decisions have real impacts on people’s lives.  It’s MTA capital funding that pays for new signals, new train cars–all of the things that have been breaking down all over town.  And there is a $15 billion gap in the next MTA capital plan.

Share your subway horror story today.  Give us the gory details on our web site, or tweet at us @RidersNY with our hashtags #SubwayStruggles #ThanksCuomo.

Help us tell lawmakers: transit funding matters, and bankrupting the MTA has consequences. Share your subway story and we’ll take it to the top!