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.

Gov. Cuomo: Make Good on Your Promise to Fund Public Transit!

Capital PhotoAs 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!

Sign our petition calling on Gov. Cuomo to honor the commitment he made to riders. And check out some of the press coverage of our news conference calling out the Governor for writing an IOU to nine million daily riders.

Report: How to Revolutionize Transit Access to LaGuardia

LGA shuttle mockupA 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!

See coverage of our proposal here:

Transit advocates push for LaGuardia Airport bus route rebranding – New York Daily News, November 24, 2015

Riders Alliance proposes free shuttle bus to LaGuardia Airport – AM New York, November 23, 2015

Transit Advocates to MTA: Make Queens bus service to Laguardia free – Metro, November 23, 2015

And the Daily News endorsement of our plan here:

Try a quick trip, Gov on a free LaGuardia Subway Shuttle bus – New York Daily News, November 30, 2015

You’re Invited to the 2015 Gala!

Featuring an open bar, silent auction, the swingin’ subway band Baby Soda, hundreds of Riders Alliance members, friends, special guests… and you!

Gala
Riders Alliance 2015 Gala
Monday, October 26th
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Houston Hall
222 W. Houston Street
(Btwn. 6th & Varick in the West Village)


RSVP here to get your ticket to the Riders Alliance 2015 Gala
. And don’t forget–monthly members are invited to come for free. Join us as a Riders Alliance monthly member for your free pass to the best night of the year!

The Riders Alliance gala is our chance to mark a year of making progress on the MTA capital program, expanding Bus Rapid Transit to thousands more riders, pushing for much-needed improvements to the C train and winning funds for hundreds of bus stop countdown clocks. Help us celebrate: RSVP today!

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.

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.Nily et al 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