Streetfilms: Fixing the Subway is About Racial and Economic Justice

Photo: Clarence Eckerson Jr.
Photo: Clarence Eckerson Jr.

Supporters of congestion pricing rallied on Monday at the Broadway Junction subway complex to demand repairs to the beleaguered transit system — and this time, the focus was on racial and economic justice.

“We’ve got this whole narrative about what congestion pricing is,” said Mark Winston Griffith of the Brooklyn Movement Center. “People have said it’s a tax. People have said it’s an assault on drivers. It is none of that. This is a way of equalizing our transportation system — of redistributing wealth from the roads to the trains and the buses and the means of transportation that black and brown people use every day.”

Also on hand were representatives from Riders Alliance, NYC Environmental Justice Alliance, TransitCenter, Transportation Alternatives, El Puente and StreetsPAC.

Streetfilms auteur Clarence Eckerson Jr. was there. Watch his important two-minute film here:

Fixing the Subway is About Racial/Economic Justice from STREETFILMS on Vimeo.

  • StanChaz

    You want fairess? You’ve hit the nail on the head.T he wealthy, the businesses and the institutions that PROFIT from the daily influx of millions of commuters into the City pay their fair fare share.. They need to more directly pay for that infrastructure that makes them rich and fuels their enterprises. We have things reversed, as we further increasing the burdens on transit users –instead of those that most truly profit from the system. DeBlasio was correct in saying that the super-rich should be taxed for the city’s transit infrastructure lifeblood, but he should expand that concept to all the other city players that profit enormously from transit and don’t directly contribute to its maintenance. Yes, they presumably already pay a variety of taxes already, and they get a variety of city & state services in return. Force them to pay for their employees use of transit with a specific & lock-boxed transit tax based on the number of employees and amount of profits. These entities don’t exist in a vacuum – they need to contribute more to the life-blood infrastructure that maintains them
    As for congestion pricing, the legislature CAN’T vote on a blank-check proposal that will leave the question of the amount of fees up in the air for some future date. And what about small businesses in the outer boroughs who work to supply the inner core with goods and services? Are we going to cure the patient of Manhattan by choking him off and blocking his life-blood arteries while claiming to save him? There are better and more fair solutions to both congestion and access. Congestion in our central core and elsewhere is a symptom of success not a indicator of disease Let’s further that success by not limiting access, but by better facilitating access and free movement in more creative ways, rather than this sledge-hammer congestion pricing approach that hurts far more than it helps

    So so sorry.

    There is no money left for our

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