More than 60 percent of people arrested for fare evasion in the second quarter of the year were black or African-American, according to the most recent fare evasion data published by the NYPD. Another 25 percent were listed as “Hispanic.”https://queenseagle.com/all/people-of-color-account-for-85-percent-of-fare-evasion-arrests
Sunday, October 20, 2019
NOW: 7 cops arrest young Black man at Nostrand Ave A/C train station for supposed fair evasion. 7 cops, 2 squad cars & supervising officers for fair evasion. Community members rallied, took video & are meeting the man at the precinct. This is why we #SwipeItForward pic.twitter.com/OjfHk6RKWv— Dave George (@davidgeorge265) October 19, 2019
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
There are a gaggle of cops checking tickets on the M14 this morning at each stop along 14 ST. A truly incredibly waste of time and energy for everyone involved.— Peter for New York (@PeteHarrisonNYC) October 15, 2019
Public transportation should be fare-free. We can afford to do it and we can’t afford not to. #freepublictransit pic.twitter.com/NIJdc4qPr9
Friday, July 26, 2019
The IMF estimates that eliminating fossil fuel subsidies could free up US$2.9 trillion in government revenue annually.https://theconversation.com/amp/vast-subsidies-keeping-the-fossil-fuel-industry-afloat-should-be-put-to-better-use-119954?
But some evaders simply don't have the money. According to data compiled from public defenders by the Community Service Society of New York (CSS) in 2017—a low-income advocacy group that's suing to compel the NYPD to release more robust fare evasion data—more than one in four low-income New Yorkers said they could not afford to pay for public transit. The group also described a large number of evasion arrests taking place in high-poverty neighborhoods (the lack of official data makes it tricky to paint a complete picture). "It's a crime of poverty, not a public safety problem," said Harold Stolper, senior economist at CSS, "and so the solutions should be affordability, not enforcement."https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/a3xbj5/the-case-for-leaving-fare-beaters-alone-and-making-public-transit-free
Monday, July 22, 2019
Nobody wants to hear it, but the truth is that Mike Quill, the erstwhile New York City transit union chief, was right: Public transportation should be free.https://hubpages.com/travel/So-Why-Not-Ride-Free
Yes, free! That is, as free as anything gets. Free, in this case, means that the cost would be paid through the general fund (that's a euphemism for taxes.)
On the face of it, free transportation has a ring of absurdity. But upon reflection it makes a lot more sense.
Think of it. Free public transportation would make it possible to meet all criteria for efficiency and popularity. Funds would be available to create a complete system with adequate routes and good schedules as well as the nitty-gritty costs, such as salaries, operating expenses and capital investment.
Yes, but wouldn't all those buses run empty?
No. Creation of a good system of free public transportation would entice droves of people -- many of whom now believe that buses are only for people too poor to afford their own car -- to shun the exorbitant cost of owning an automobile in favor of a free, enjoyable socially desirable ride to work or play. Who would want to pay for a car, with all its attendant expenses, if he could ride free?
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Co-sponsored by Assemblyman Jonathan Jacobson (D-Newburgh) and Sen. James Skoufis (D-Hudson Valley), the bill could save parents thousands of dollars a year in Metro-North train tickets and MTA subway fares.
Saturday, January 26, 2019
What if instead of Fair Fares for some, we made public transportation free of fares for residents? We provide public services — garbage collection, firefighters, etc. — through taxpayer funds because they’re necessities. Transportation is integral to city living and should be thought of as a necessity.
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Awwww, yeah, make it funky now!!! Can y'all get us to our Tier II goal 💕— Swipe It Forward (@swipeitforward) September 10, 2018
$1500 swipes about 550 Black and Brown youth that didn't get their MetroCard the first week of school. #SwipeItForward #SIFBack2Schoolhttps://t.co/O1Ki51JJjK
Monday, July 9, 2018
The cost per passenger mile of mass transit is way out of line. Mass transit is a disgrace. Have you ever noticed how almost every how every mass transit construction program goes ENORMOUSLY over budget and takes eons longer than originally planned & promised?
As particular examples, please consider the 2nd Ave subway in Manhattan and the Eastside connection of the LIRR. After spending not a fortune, but several fortunes, and close to half a century, on the 2nd Ave subway they hooked up a few stations, & seem to have forgotten about the rest of the line.
The slowwwwww progress & excessive cost, of the Eastside connection, would be comical if it wasn't so painful.
While it sounds good on paper, Mass Transit in NYC has been an expensive boondoggle.
Yes, it is used by tons & tons of people all of the time, but they don't have a choice.
Please find a copy of an old LIRR timetable from the 1930's or 1940's. You may be surprised to see that despite all types of improvements & new trains, travel times to Penn Station in Manhattan are about the same now as they were then. (At least for the Port Washington Branch, the one I use.)
If you take the Eastbound LIRR during evening rush hour, I'm sure you are familiar with the notably disgusting delays there have been during the past year or two. The LIRR blames it on AmTrak, but either way, it's mass transit.
AmTrak has a notably BAD record for not meeting the deadline for the installation of mandated safety devices.
The train tunnel under the Hudson River, connecting NYC with NJ, is VERY old & in SERIOUS disrepair. Additionally it is inadequate for the present traffic & certainly inadequate for any additional traffic; however, NJ has turned a blind eye to the problem & refuses to do anything about it.
And, while I'm on the subject, let me remind everyone that the MTA & LIRR are unable to support rail service from the fair box & demand contributions from other aspects of life (like mortgages payments, & bridge tolls, inter alia).
Investment in public transportation has funded notably expensive public works projects which have yielded only a pittance of an improvement to the transit situation. This is not unlike what the robber barons & exploiters of the RR industry did during the final quarter of the 19th century.
Please tell us, Larry, how much per linear foot have we paid so far for the 1.7 miles of the 2nd Ave. subway currently in service?
The Venerable Stan from Flushing
Friday, May 25, 2018
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017
The campus organization and public transportation officials partnered to offer the free trial to entice people to consider alternative forms of transportation to the growing Medical Campus."
Monday, April 10, 2017
Thursday, March 30, 2017
“It's just about time that our kids have this opportunity so I applaud the school district,” Morse said. “I'm fully supportive of it as is the rest of the city officials I believe,” he said.
The proposal follows the death of 16-year-old Brittany Knight who was killed along 787 by a driver last June.
Knight’s death sparked outrage over the dangerous intersections on 787.
It was the third pedestrian death in 15 years at that stretch of road where the highway becomes an urban street."
Monday, March 27, 2017
About 60 marchers traced the steps walked by residents of Lackawanna's First Ward, who on Saturdays must hike at least a mile by foot to catch a bus on South Park Avenue heading south toward McKinley Mall. Depending on where you live in the First Ward, that walk could be much longer, and on Sundays there are no buses. If you want to head east, toward the Southgate Plaza, you're out of luck entirely on weekends for bus service."
Sunday, March 5, 2017
Friday, February 3, 2017
27east: "“They are talking about the first step—restoring some of the funding,” Ms. Fleming said. “Cutting [the bus routes] really left people without a way of getting to important appointments, and to and from work. We need to restore the service.”"
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Public transportation highlight of Beacon town hall session: "Mayor Casale said with the new improvements to public transit, and having seen a number empty county buses running through Beacon from time to time, the main effort is to get people to utilize public transit.The US has $Trillions in autosprawl infrastructure, but buses go begging. We can't afford buses because they are empty, but they are empty because they are too few and unreliable. Make them fare-free. You will get your money back ten times in better health, lower congestion, less parking headaches, fewer collisions, etc etc.
“We need people to start riding public transit to sustain public transit,” said Casale. “The more we promote it, and the more the businesses promote it, and the more people get used to it- we talk about parking problems, we talk about, ‘It’s hard to walk here to there,’- use the public transit. So, that’s what we plan on moving forward and hopefully we can promote it, we can get people to ride it and the more people that ride it, the better the service will get I believe.”"
Monday, December 12, 2016
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Monday, September 26, 2016
New Yorkers have urgent public transportation needs, but subsidizing boat rides for tourists and mostly higher-income people living along the East River will exacerbate the city’s inequality, not reverse it."