Activists rally for faster transportation amid Gov. Hochul’s promise to expand transit

The Riders Alliance says wait times on weekends and slower hours of weekdays can increase dramatically, costing commuters time, safety and money.

News 12 Staff

Jan 12, 2023, 10:24 PM

Updated 549 days ago


Gov. Kathy Hochul’s State of the State address contained a promise to expand transit. Public transit advocates rallied today demanding that current public transportation be faster. 
“Sometimes I’m waiting like 20 or 30 minutes in the cold,” said MTA rider Charlie Lowe. 
The Riders Alliance says wait times on weekends and slower hours of weekdays can increase dramatically, costing commuters time, safety and money. 
“We want to have transit, all buses and all trains off-peak and on-peak hours, run no more than six minutes apart,” said Danna Dennis, senior organizer of the Riders Alliance. 
During the State of the State, Hochul announced a plan to expand New York’s transit with an emphasis on making it more accessible, affordable and safe.  
After working as an MTA bus driver for over 25 years, Alfred Lynch Jr says cutting down wait times will help with all of those transit goals.  
“If one or two buses are missing or even trains, people don’t get to their destinations,” said Lynch. “That creates a lot of problems.” 
Activists are asking Hochul to invest $300 million into transit as part of the next state budget.

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