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!

“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

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!

Community Consensus Proposal for the L Train

With a partial closure set for 2019, we worked with riders and community groups to identify new transit options that will serve riders from Chelsea to Canarsie. Check out our Community Consensus Proposal here! Also take a look at the press coverage we go in: Politico, amNY, and NY1.

A Letter from the Executive Director: We Are A Democracy Organization

To the entire Riders Alliance community-

I usually write to ask you to take action to improve public transit. Today is different. This is more personal.

Looking ahead to the coming years, I feel deep anxiety and uncertainty.

So I wanted to take a moment to explain why we do what we do at the Riders Alliance.

We are known as a transit organization; in reality, we are a democracy organization. Our mission is not only to win better trains and buses; it is to make our city more just, more inclusive, more compassionate, and more sustainable.

That is what public transit can do, and it is why we fight for funding, and for Fair Fares, and for better buses, and for all the other campaigns that have consumed our last few years.

We don’t yet know what the election results will mean for public transit. But we know that our work for better transit is part of the broader struggle: against bigotry, and oppression, and recklessness. For mutual respect, and compassion, and protection from harm.

So to our members, some of whom are feeling unsafe today, I wanted to share two key thoughts:

1) You are the source of our strength. Community organizing is about building democratic power, to hold our public officials accountable to our needs and our values. To the degree that the Riders Alliance can exercise that power in pursuit of justice, it is because all our treasured members have joined together to make it possible.

2) We will stand with you, and together we will be stronger. When New Yorkers are threatened with deportation, or harassment, or isolation, or poverty, it is our job to protect each other, and we take that responsibility seriously.

Public transit connects us and helps us move forward—literally and figuratively. It’s where we see each other and share in the experience of living in this city.

In the coming years, we will continue to work to improve public transit. Not because we love trains, but because we love each other.


John Raskin
Executive Director

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!