Putting Facebook to Work for Transit Rescue

metrocard_facebook.jpgGot a Facebook account? The Campaign for New York’s Future is asking transit riders to use the image on the right (get it here) as their profile pic, while changing their status to:

“Telling my state senator I oppose
the MTA doomsday fare hikes and service cuts at www.KeepNewYorkMoving.org"

In other it-ain’t-over-’til-it’s-over doomsday news, as state lawmakers continue to get hammered for inaction and pressured to avert fare hikes and service cuts, the Straphangers Campaign will be handing out fliers tomorrow morning in Times Square urging rush hour commuters to contact their reps.

  • Seems to help create the link in FB if its written http://www.KeepNewYorkMoving.org

  • Wow, already five Facebook friends have flipped to this status and photo. Me too.

  • I like this version better:

    Telling my New York State Senator I oppose the MTA fare hikes and service cuts and want to see tolls added to the East River Bridges instead at http://www.KeepNewYorkMoving.org

  • … though I’m not so sure that Carl Kruger and Pedro Espada are hanging out on Facebook thumbs-upping status updates.

  • You’re right, Aaron. Espada is probably on Sonico. Any hispanos/as reading this who are?

  • Wow, 14 of my friends now and counting. At the very least if this keeps up, someone should alert Daily News. They love finding newer and newer angles to cover the current crisis.

  • Aaron Berkman

    Better to run around like chickens than insist that the MTA have proper cutbacks. How about saving 15.2 Billion dollars by scrapping the LIRR Eastside access program? Anyone want to suggest that?



Tell State Legislators to Avert MTA Doomsday

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Doomsday Redux? MTA and Transit Riders Squeezed on All Sides

Yesterday word surfaced that the MTA will receive $200 million less from the recently enacted payroll tax than the state of New York originally projected. The news came less than a week after Albany legislators slashed $143 million from the MTA so the state can keep paying its bills. Add it up, and the agency […]

Doomsday Across America

Following up on Sarah’s post about transit funding woes in Illinois, this CNN segment from earlier in the month brings home the effect of service cuts and fare hikes in St. Louis. Similar scenarios are playing out all over the country. According to the latest tally from Transportation for America, 85 transit systems serving 22 […]

Transit Riders to Albany: Get to Work on a Real MTA Solution

Photo: Ben Fried. Yesterday’s rally in Union Square drew hundreds of transit riders calling on the State Senate and Albany leaders to enact a long-term solution for the MTA’s enormous funding shortfall. Judging by the cheering sections in the audience, most of the crowd was mobilized by the Facebook group "1,000,000 People Against the NYC […]

Where Does the Working Families Party Stand on MTA Rescue?

Millions of New York City bus riders are counting on an MTA rescue plan to maintain service and hold fares down. Last week, some of the biggest unions in New York came out in favor of the Ravitch Commission’s MTA rescue plan, including the bridge tolls that a handful of state senators refuse to support. […]