More than any other city in America, New York depends on public transit; millions of New Yorkers ride our city’s subways and buses every day. Because public transit is essential to so many people, Transportation Alternatives works to empower transit riders and bring their voices to the government officials that manage our transit system.
In neighborhoods all over the five boroughs, T.A. gathers New Yorkers together with elected officials and community groups to win improvements to our transit system and fight for reliable and affordable service. Our field operation, the Rider Rebellion, mobilizes transit riders directly and gives our advocacy the people-power it needs to succeed. From bringing riders to testify at MTA, City and State hearings on transit to organizing transit town halls in underserved, transit-dependent communities in each borough, T.A. creates opportunities for New Yorkers to hold elected officials accountable for our transit system.
In 2011, T.A. spearheaded legislation to secure transit funding that passed unanimously in both the State Senate and State Assembly. In 2012, T.A. kicked off a year-long campaign to stop a planned fare hike, the fourth fare hike since 2007. Transit is the lifeblood of New York City and Transportation Alternatives works to keep transit affordable and reliable for all.
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