The 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.
Mayor-elect de Blasio has promised 20 Bus Rapid Transit routes to help beleaguered commuters.
Thank you to all our members for a fantastic 2013.
For an organization that’s only 18 months old, we’ve already made great strides.
This year alone, we won:
• 25% more G trains throughout the afternoon and evening;
• Buses that run earlier, later and more often on the Astoria and Long Island City waterfront;
• Station improvements for N and Q train riders; and
• Additional services for riders affected by the R and G train tunnel construction. Continued…
Please join us for the Riders Alliance 2013 Gala, a fun opportunity to celebrate the progress we’ve made and prepare for the coming year. RSVP today to join the party!
Faster buses? Affordable fares?
In our first year, the Riders Alliance won big victories: better G train service, more buses for Bay Ridge, better N and Q stations in Astoria, and more.
Now we’re deciding our 2014 priorities with our members. To submit ideas for what we should focus on in the next year, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Riders Alliance members speak at a rally celebrating station improvements in Queens.
It’s been a big summer of victories for the Riders Alliance!
We won a better G train that will improve service for more than 100,000 riders. We won more express buses and trains on nearby lines while the R and G tunnels are closed for Sandy repairs. We won more frequent and reliable bus service along Astoria and LIC’s waterfront. We advocated for “50 Fixes” on the N and Q trains in Astoria, and the MTA used our members’ list to go through stations, fix staircases, add lights and replace missing signs.
We rallied, wrote an op-ed in the Daily News, and worked with elected officials and mayoral candidates to push the MTA to invest a small surplus in restoring and increasing transit service. Then, when the MTA approved its preliminary budget for 2014…it included $18 million for more new and restored service!
These are valuable steps for transit riders that were made possible by the work of our grassroots members, local elected officials, and community allies. There is more we need to do, and by becoming a member today, you can help us get there. It’s how we’ll improve transit over the long term—by building our organization from the bottom-up, and winning the funding, attention and investment required to build a 21st century transit system for all New Yorkers.