Straphangers Campaign Encourages Investment in the MTA, Reported by NY Post

Posted on June 18, 2018

New Yorkers are spurning public transport for ride sharing

Originally Published in NY Post on June 17, 2018
Written by Gregory Bresiger

Train and bus ridership is down, while car driving, fueled in part by apps-based services, is on the rise in New York City. That’s the assessment of the New York Economic Development Corp. (NYCEDC) in a recent report.

“While there are many factors that can be attributed to the decline in mass-transit ridership, our research indicates that app-based ride-hailing services [like Uber and Lyft] are transforming how New Yorkers are commuting to their destinations,” according to an NYCEDC spokeswoman. She added that ferries and Citibike are also driving the downward transit numbers.

A large part of the drop-off in MTA users, NYCEDC added, was in Brooklyn and Queens. Numerous subway lines in these boroughs have had service reductions on the weekends because of construction, maintenance, and other service interruptions.

Jaqi Cohen of the Straphangers Campaign transit interest group said, “We have seen ridership figures go down as the system has deteriorated.” She emphasizes the system needs “more investment” and that its funds should be more efficiently spent.

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