Groups begin outreach campaign to mass transit users
Aug 21, 2019 | 1540 views | 0 0 comments | 791 791 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Before the MTA releases its capital spending plan next month, the Riders Alliance began its own planning process, collecting perspectives from subway and bus riders about what Governor Andrew Cuomo should prioritize as the MTA modernizes New York’s century-old transit system.

The MTA capital plan, which the governor will announce and the MTA board will adopt this fall, is a five-year projection of how the agency will spend tens of billions of dollars, including money from congestion pricing, on major upgrades to the region’s transit network.

"The next five years will be critically important in bringing New York City's transit system out of decline and into the 21st century,” said Jaqi Cohen, campaign director for the Straphangers Campaign, “The governor owes millions of daily transit riders a capital plan that achieves this goal by prioritizing projects that will make service faster, more reliable, and more accessible."

The Riders Alliance hope to elevate the genuine concerns of everyday commuters to the governor’s attention and help ensure the MTA capital plan makes the biggest substantive difference.

"We need to hear from real riders about what they need fixed on the subway and how the problems impact their lives,” said alliance member Lola Vieira. “Recently, I talked to an actor who told me he lost an audition to a Broadway play he could have been in. I heard from a young mother who was stuck in the recent meltdown during the heat wave, was an hour late to pick up her young child from childcare."

New Yorkers who want to participate in the Riders Capital Plan should text SUBWAY to 52886, visit, or use the hashtag #FixTheSubway on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Riders should also look out for live events in transit stations throughout the city in the coming weeks.

“No one can afford for the next capital program to shortchange subway and bus riders,” said Colin Wright, senior advocacy associate for TransitCenter. “If Governor Cuomo funds the budget with 50 accessible stations, modern subway signaling, and new cars, riders will spend less time stuck on the platform and more time with their families and friends.”
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