at last, a plan to fix the subway

We have some good news about the subway!

After years of delays, meltdowns, and unreliability, and your ceaseless work to hold our elected leaders accountable, I’m happy to report: there is now, for the first time, an official plan to fix the subway.

We have a crisis. Now we have a plan. And we will do everything in our power in the coming years to make that plan a reality. Help us take this first step by adding your name to our new online petition, demanding that Governor Cuomo lead the way.

Yesterday morning, MTA NYC Transit President Andy Byford presented the new “Fast Forward” modernization plan. The plan is bold, ambitious and necessary. If it happens, it will make our subway more reliable and accessible and our buses faster, improving the lives of millions of New Yorkers every day.

Your tireless advocacy helped make this plan happen. Riders Alliance members rallied outside the Governor’s office, lobbied our elected officials and harnessed millions of riders’ frustrations from the subway platform to Albany.

But the “Fast Forward” plan cannot succeed on its own. It will require commitment from elected leaders, patience from riders, and, most importantly, billions of dollars in fair, sustainable transit funding. We need Governor Cuomo, who runs the MTA, to do the right thing and create a sustainable funding source that will produce the billions of dollars we need to make the MTA’s “Fast Forward” plan a reality.

Take action: will you sign our petition to Governor Cuomo asking him to fund “Fast Forward” now?

And if you’re not a Riders Alliance member yet, please join us today so we have the grassroots power we need to finally #FixTheSubway. Together, we can make it happen.

 

The Wins on The Bus

In the MTA announced a new Bus Plan to make buses faster and more reliable city-wide. The MTA’s plan endorses all of the recommendations that we and our coalition partners have been organizing for over the past 2 years. As well, Andy Byford specifically credited the Bus Turnaround Coalition for advocating for these changes.

This is a huge step forward for bus riders and proof that grassroots organizing works! Much of our work had targeted the MTA, and under Andy Byford’s new leadership, they really put forward an ambitious plan that would do a lot for more than two million bus riders. Here is a report that explains details.

The bus plan includes:

  • A redesigned bus network by 2021
  • All-door boarding city-wide with new fare payment technology
  • Expanding off-peak service
  • Improved customer experience with new bus maps, digital information screens on buses, & more bus countdown clocks.

Commitment to work with NYC Department of Transportation to expand:

  • Transit signal priority (TSP)
  • Bus lanes, queue jumps, and bus lane enforcement
  • Bus shelters
  • Accessibility at bus stops
  • Stop space balancing

Now we’ll need to make sure Mayor de Blasio is just as committed to improving bus service as the MTA. We’ll work just as hard to make sure the plan really happens and riders see results.

To join the fight, sign our petition to improve bus service city-wide and use our hashtag #busturnaround or #fixthebus.

omg there’s a lot to do — and we need you!

Riders are making a difference. Together, we are pushing our elected officials in Albany and right here in New York City to stand up for riders and fix our transit system. Let’s keep up the momentum!

Here are three fun and important opportunities to get involved in the Riders Alliance campaigns coming up in the next couple of weeks. Please join us – we need your help!

1Campaign to Fix The Subway! This Wednesday, April 18th at 6:30pm, join us for our post budget Fix The Subway Campaign Strategy meeting! Together we’ll learn what is (and is not) in the state budget for transit riders, and how we can continue to hold Governor Cuomo accountable to fix the subway. RSVP here or contact Rebecca at rebecca@ridersny.org for more details!

2. Fight for Fair Fares! Mayor de Blasio still hasn’t agreed to fund Fair Fares in this year’s City budget. Join Riders Alliance members in the Bronx this Wednesdayevening, April 18th, to “bird dog” Mayor de Blasio and ask him to stand up for low-income transit riders. For more information and to RSVP, contact Danna at 212-590-9507 or danna@ridersny.org

3. Come to our “All About That Bus” Happy Hour! On Wednesday, May 2nd, join us for great food, drinks and a special panel discussion and Q&A about why our buses are terrible and the powerful steps bus riders are taking to make a difference. RSVP here for this fun and exciting happy hour!

Please join us! We hope to see you soon.

Best,

Samaya Abdus-Salaam
Membership Organizer

 

It’s “#FixTheSubway Civics Week”!

Subway riders are tired of long waits underground, crowded trains and endless commutes. But many New Yorkers don’t understand why our subway system is a mess or what they can do to fix it. That’s why we kicked off “#FixTheSubway Civics Week!”

All week, volunteer transit activists will teach fellow riders everything they need to know about the politics of transit — and how to call on Governor Cuomo to fund and fix #CuomosMTA.

Read our “#FixTheSubway Civics Week” Lesson Plan to learn all about why our subways are falling apart. You’ll also find specific instructions and a script for calling on Governor Cuomo and our elected leaders in Albany to fund and fix our subways in this year’s budget!

Then, sign our petition at www.cuomosmta.com!

“Subway Delay Action Kits”: Request your own!

New Yorkers lost 35,000 hours last year in the morning rush due to subway delays. Do something with that time! Turn your frustration into action with the new Riders Alliance “Subway Delay Action Kit” – help turn fellow riders into activists when you’re stuck underground!

Request your own Subway Delay Action Kit at www.CuomosMTA.com.

Governor Cuomo is the key to fixing the subway. He runs the MTA and he plays the dominant role in the budget and legislative process to come up with a long term solution to fix the subway and make sure there is the funding needed to make it happen. The next legislative session starts in January. We’re calling on the Governor to lay out a credible plan to modernize the MTA so we won’t have all these delays and breakdowns and pass a fair and sustainable source of revenue to pay for it. Join us in the fight at www.CuomosMTA.com!