Riders Alliance Highlights MTA’s Slow Progress, Reported by amNY

Posted on October 11, 2018

Subway riders give firsthand accounts of MTA issues’ impact on daily life

Originally Published in amNY on October 9, 2018
Written by Alison Fox, Vincent Barone and Oumou Fofana

Subway service has gotten so bad for Tolani Adeboye, 41, of Bedford Stuyvesant, that the city worker has taken to walking or biking to work when possible. Adeboye, who works at the city’s Department of Education and is a member of the transit advocacy group Riders Alliance, left her home expecting to be 20 minutes early to her job. A cascade of delays on the G and A lines more than doubled her 30-minute commute into Manhattan and made her 40 minutes late to an 11 a.m. meeting with her boss.

Riders Alliance published its own book of Subway Horror Stories in 2015 that appears to still be haunting its members — even after Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a “state of emergency” at the MTA in the summer of 2017, and the implementation of the MTA’s Subway Action Plan. The group is now pushing for state lawmakers to pass congestion pricing in Manhattan as a way to raise more than $1 billion in annual MTA funding.

Shams Tarek, a spokesman for the MTA, touted the Subway Action Plan as a success in stabilizing service, and noted the more recently unveiled — and still unfunded — Fast Forward plan that outlines a 10-year blueprint to modernize subway, bus and paratransit service. “The century-old subway system completes most of its 8,000 daily trips on time, but of course every delay has an impact on someone’s life, and no single delay is ever welcome,” Tarek said in a statement.

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