What’s Next?

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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 2014@ridersny.org.

 

Recent Riders Alliance Victories!

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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.

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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We Need a Plan for R and G Train Riders

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Riders Alliance member (and R train rider) David Greenberg advocates for a plan to accommodate riders during extended R and G train tunnel construction.

When the MTA announced plans to close the R and G train under-water tunnels for repairs–but not a good plan to accommodate riders during 14 months of construction–Riders Alliance members sprang into action.

We worked with the Straphangers Campaign and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz to form the Subway Tunnel Closure Working Group…and by the end of June, 17 elected officials from all over Brooklyn wrote jointly with us to the MTA, pushing for a plan to accommodate the hundreds of thousands of subway riders who will have longer, more crowded commutes during this extended period of tunnel construction.

See below for our complete press release, and stick with us as we continue to push for a real plan to be in place before the R train tunnel closes in August.

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Riders Alliance Presents… the G Train Workout Plan


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Get fit on the G train and sign our petition for better service!

The G Train Workout Plan is designed to improve your endurance, burn calories and increase flexibility. Make infrequent and unreliable G train service work for you! Our workout consists of these easy-to-follow exercises:

THE SPRINT to catch a train
THE STRETCH to reach a pole
THE HIKE to another line when the G is late again

Exercise your right to a better G train. Sign the Riders Alliance petition for more frequent trains, better communication with riders and free transfers to nearby lines. Then tweet @ridersny to tell us how you shaped up with the #Gtrainworkoutplan.