Author: Rebecca

Majority of City Council Backs #FairFares!

On the steps of City Hall, we joined the Community Service Society (CSS) for a big samuelspeakingfairfareswebpageannouncement: 28 New York City Council Members and 29 advocacy organizations have joined our push for half-priced MetroCards for low-income New Yorkers (#FairFares)! See our letter to Mayor de Blasio.

They’re not alone: according to a new poll from CSS, 73% of New Yorkers want to see #FairFares and 62% would be more likely to vote for a mayoral candidate that backs this proposal. Check out our press coverage in the Daily News, amNY, NY1, El Diario, Dnainfo, Streetsblog, and more!

Not surprised that #FairFares is gaining momentum? Neither are we. But it’s up to you to make sure the Mayor gets our message and backs #FairFares in 2017.

Make sure Mayor de Blasio gets our message! Share the new video from CSS featuring Riders Alliance members and the high cost of transit for low-income New Yorkers.  Click to Tweet!

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We launched our #FairFares Campaign!

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Photo by Riders Alliance member Scott Shaw

Sign the Petition: #FairFares on the Subway and Bus for Low-Income New Yorkers!

On Sunday, April 10th, we stood with the Community Service Society to launch our new campaign for #FairFares for low-income New Yorkers!

All too often, the lowest-income New Yorkers can’t afford their MetroCards, even though they rely on public transportation more than any other income level. Sign our petition for #FairFares! 

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Calculate Your Savings with Pre-Tax Commuter Benefits

4-27-14 transit benefits rally photo --patty huttonOur members fought hard for a commuter benefits law so that more New Yorkers can save money by using public transit.  And now, starting January 1st, as many as 450,000 more New Yorkers will become eligible for pre-tax transit benefits thanks to our new law.

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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.

G train victory!

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The Riders Alliance announces a significant victory in its grassroots push for better G train service.  The MTA’s Full Line Review of the G train, which we requested with State Senators Daniel Squadron and Martin Dilan, was released on July 15th and its recommendations contain many of the top priority campaign goals of the Riders Alliance.

The report marks a significant victory for G train riders and for the
Riders Alliance members who have worked so hard over the last year to
organize their fellow passengers and build public support for a better G
train.

Click here for more details about the report.

See our complete press release below. We will share more details as they become available.

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