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.

Riders Coronavirus Survey

Take Our Rider Survey: Public Transit During COVID-19. Many need to ride public transit. Help inform a plan to keep public transit safe and reliable for today’s crisis and tomorrow’s future. La encuesta esta disponible en español tambien. Muchos Neoyorquinos tienen que tomar nuestro sistema de transportación pública. Ayudamos informar un plan de acción para mantener nuestra sistema de transporte

Visit ridersny.org/COVID or text “RIDER” to 52886.

Visite ridersny.org/encuesta o envie la palabra ENCUESTA al 52886 por texto.

Half Price MetroCards Now Available for Many More New Yorkers Living in Poverty!

Starting Monday January 27th all eligible New Yorkers can now sign up for Fair Fares: half-price MetroCards for New Yorkers living at or below the federal poverty line!

Sign up at nyc.gov/accessfairfares

Announcing our New Executive Director: Betsy Plum

The Riders Alliance is excited to announce our new Executive Director! Please welcome Betsy Plum, who will bring her extensive experience in advocacy and grassroots organizing to help power the fight for better public transit.

Details here: ridersny.org/transition

We Passed Congestion Pricing. Now Let’s Fix The Subway!

We just won congestion pricing and $25 billion in new funding for our transit system in the state budget. Now we need to use the money to fix the subway. New, modern signals, station elevators, and train cars must be the MTA’s top priority!

Governor Cuomo and the MTA must put the new funding to work in the upcoming MTA Capital Plan! This is the 5 year plan showing how the MTA will spend money on building and improving the system.

The plan is due this fall. Riders need to see a plan that will fix the subway. We need our State Senators and Assembly Members to hold the MTA and Governor accountable, and make sure the congestion pricing revenue does what it was intended to do.

Speak up here and contact your state legislators today.

A BUDGET FOR SUBWAY AND BUS RIDERS!

Riders needed to win state funding to fix the subway. We won much of what we needed, including a historic congestion pricing program. With other taxes, this budget will raise over $1 billion per year and allow the MTA to finance $25 billion in crucial upgrades. The budget also reforms the MTA to promote efficiency, transparency, and accountability.

The Governor and Legislature Passed a Comprehensive Transit Funding Plan
• Congestion Pricing aka Central Business District Tolling (60% of the total plan)
• Mansion Tax on Property Sales Over $2 Million (20% of the total plan)
• Internet Sales Tax on Purchases from Amazon, Etsy, etc. (20% of the total plan)

Congestion Pricing Will Start in 2021 and Raise $15 Billion for MTA Upgrades
• Congestion pricing will fairly charge drivers, who are wealthier than transit riders and have other options, and ease traffic while reducing air pollution and dangerous collisions
• Beginning in 2021, cars and trucks will pay a toll to drive in Manhattan south of 60th Street and between the FDR Drive and West Side Highway
• Exemptions will cover emergency vehicles, people with disabilities and low- income drivers who live inside the congestion zone
• Further decisions about the exemptions and possible credits against other
tolls will be made by the MTA on the recommendation of a new Traffic Mobility Review Board
• Per the budget, congestion pricing must raise $15 billion, or roughly $1 billion each year

The MTA’s Initiatives and Increased State Funding are Already Delivering for Riders
• Speeding up subway service and reducing the number of train delays
• Redesigning bus networks in the Bronx and Queens to provide better service
• Reversing some recent and planned cuts in bus service
• Offering riders 20% discounts on LIRR fares from areas of Queens without
subway service

This year’s historic budget is the biggest victory yet in the Riders Alliance’s effort to hold our elected officials accountable for improving public transit.

Download PDF of information above here.
Vea una copia en PDF de la información aquí.