There is a national transit crisis! 84% of transit agencies across the country are cutting service, raising fares, and laying off workers. New York is not an exception to this trend and all across the state residents are facing these hardships in their daily commutes and lives.
In December, the House of Representatives passed the Jobs for Main St. Act which included $8.4 billion for public transit and allowed for 10% flexibility for transit operating assistance. Unfortunately, the Senate has yet to draft its own emergency transit bill.
NYSTEA members recently traveled to D.C. to discuss a new jobs bill with significant funding for public transit. In addition to the environmental, health, and social benefits of public transit investments, transit spending has a much greater economic benefit
than highway dollars.
As Congress readies for the Memorial day holiday our window of opportunity for the Senate to pass emergency transit legislation diminishes. It is critical that groups from across New York reach out to our Senators and urge them to help keep buses and trains running during these tough economic times when New Yorkers need affordable transportation choices to get to work and look for work! Call Senators Schumer and Gillibrand today and ask them to stand up for transit riders in New York!
US Senator Charles E. Schumer : 202-224-6542
US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand : 202 224-4451
Cecil, Drew,James, Kate, Katie, Peter, Soledad, Veronica, and Ya-Ting
Keep us posted on your outreach. Thanks in advance.
New Streetsfilm Video! NYSTEA and Harlem Youth in D.C.