This Afternoon at Union Square: Join the Rider Rebellion

Hey folks, just a quick reminder: Today at 5:30 p.m. you’re invited to join the Rider Rebellion, “an action-oriented campaign that will pressure state and city elected officials to stand up for riders and provide stable, long term funding for subways and buses.” There’s going to be a rally at Union Square to raise the profile of transit issues as we approach election day and the selection of a new governor for New York state.

Judging by the line-up for the event, there’s an impressive coalition in the making:

  • The ARC Gospel Choir (no relation to the ARC tunnel)
  • Elizabeth Yeampierre, UPROSE
  • John Samuelsen, TWU
  • Reverend Al Sharpton
  • Jay Arzu, Urban Youth Collaborative and Brothers and Sisters United
  • Dan Cantor, Working Families Party
  • Lynn Serpe, Green Party
  • Paul Steely White, Transportation Alternatives

Streetsblog will be there covering the rally and we’re looking forward to seeing a big crowd turn out for transit.

  • ryan

    third one on the list :

    John Samuelson, TWU

    yeah, this will be an objective coalition

  • The presence of Samuelsen and WFP’s Dan Cantor is probably the most encouraging aspect of this line-up.

  • Ben, that depends on whether they’re going to criticize any member of the Legislature running for re-election. Based on Samuelson and Cantor’s track record, I’m expecting non-stop blame-the-MTA.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “Based on Samuelson and Cantor’s track record, I’m expecting non-stop blame-the-MTA.”

    “There is no such thing as society” Margaret Thatcher. Meaning that “society” can’t pay and “socieity” isn’t to blame, and neither is the MTA. The MTA is merely a conduit for different groups with different levels of blame.

    If the TWU blames the MTA, they are really blaming unions on the commuter railroads who compete for funds, riders who allegedly don’t pay enough, taxpayers who allegedly don’t pay enough, other public spending priorities that take too much, capital contractors who charge too much, management that costs too much, drivers who don’t pay enough. Same thing with any of those other groups blaming the MTA — they must be blaming the others and the TWU.

    And as for the legislature running the MTA, the legislature is the the legislature of the state, and the state controls the MTA. The legislature and the government.

    The only other possible group deserving of blame is all of the above interests in the past.

    Get rid of the MTA, and you’d still have the same resources and the same groups seeking them. Blaming the MTA is demanding that money fall from the sky. Which it has, through borrowing, but what is now falling from the sky is something else entirely.


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