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
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.
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 petitionfor 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.
Riders Alliance member Thomasin Bentley wants her bus back! Behind her are Assembly Members David Weprin and Nily Rozic, City Council Member Gale Brewer, NYC Transit Riders Council Chair Andrew Albert, and MTA Board Member Allen Cappelli. And dozens more Riders Alliance members who turned out on a Sunday!
More than two dozen Riders Alliance members rallied with our fellow transit advocates today to demand that Governor Cuomo and the MTA invest a $40 million unexpected surplus in expanded train and bus service.
We were joined at the event by MTA board member Allen Cappelli, as well as State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Members Nily Rozic and David Weprin, and City Council Members Gale Brewer, Vincent Gentile and Stephen Levin.
More than 75 Riders Alliance members came to our Rally For a Better G Train, including Tolani Adeboye, who addressed the crowd on behalf of the group.
Thanks to the 75 people who joined us for our Rally for a Better G Train on January 27th, co-hosted by State Senators Daniel Squadron and Martin Dilan.
Our rally was covered extensively in the press, including articles in more than a dozen news outlets and an interview with some of our members on Channel 11 news. We were also joined by State Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblyman Joe Lentol and City Councilmembers Leticia James and Steve Levin.