Thursday, February 20, 2020

Congressional candidate from New York proposes nation-wide #freepublictransit

Stuy Town resident and Congressional candidate Peter Harrison announced his campaign to make public transit free and increase accessibility throughout the system on Tuesday morning at the corner of First Avenue and East 14th Street. 
Harrison’s proposal, the “Freedom of Movement in America Plan,” calls on the federal government to spend $1.7 trillion on public transportation over the next 10 years. One component of the plan is to make transit completely fare-free and provide $17 billion in federal funding to cover fare revenue, in addition to providing $9 billion in funding for paratransit in order to achieve 100% accessibility for public transit. 
Another aspect of the proposal would fund the Federal Railroad Administration in order to invest $150 billion in Amtrak, $150 billion into the development of high-speed rail and update rolling stock to decarbonized, emission-free systems within 12 years at a cost of $500 million a year. 

Friday, February 14, 2020

Coney Island lawmaker recommends state legislators eliminate fees for city buses and subways

A Coney Island lawmaker is recommending that state legislators eliminate fees for city buses and subways, opening up the transit system to all New Yorkers.

Councilman Mark Treyger (D-Coney Island) introduced the non-binding resolution in City Council on Tuesday, claiming the measure could help reduce income inequality and mitigate climate change. 
“There is a real opportunity to reimagine mass transit in New York.,” Treyger said in a statement. “With a single measure, we can take a big bite out of poverty, income inequality, mass incarceration, and our impact on climate change.” 

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

NYC City Councilor introduces legislation for #freepublictransit