Riders Alliance is Teaching Pop-Up Civics Lessons for Commuters in Subway Stations, WNYC Reports

Posted on February 27, 2018

Transit Advocates to Hold Pop-Up Civics Lessons for Commuters

Originally Published in WNYC on February 25, 2018
Written by Stephen Nessen

New York State legislators are due back in Albany Tuesday after a week off for winter recess, and advocates with The Riders Alliance want to make sure MTA funding is on their minds as they negotiate the state budget due April 1. Standing in front of an easel with a pointer at Atlantic Terminal on Sunday, Riders Alliance campaign manager Rebecca Bailin ticked off subway facts that not all riders may be aware of: delays have tripled in the past five years, the subway signal technology is nearly a century old, and Governor Cuomo controls the MTA and the budget process in Albany. “We have a limited amount of time to call on Governor Cuomo and our legislators to lead right now because we’re suffering,” Bailin said. Her group will conduct pop-up civics lessons, easel included, at subway stations across the city this week. Their goal is civic engagement and getting commuters to contact their representatives and ask for money in the budget to fix the subways. The governor’s proposed budget includes a plan to introduce congestion pricing for vehicles entering Manhattan, and collect a tax on real estate near new MTA projects, that would all go toward funding the MTA. His budget would also force the city to pay half of the MTA’s $836 million Subway Action Plan.

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