BP Adams advocates for free transportation in NYC for essential workers
Some local politicians are calling for more to be done to help essential workers across New York City, with one of the major requests being something that could ease the burden when it comes to commuting.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams says New Yorkers are cheering and clapping for these essential employees every night, and now it’s time to show them how much we appreciate them.
He says one way this can be done is by not charging them to use public transportation.
Borough President Adams was joined by Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez outside the Jay Street-Metrotech subway station in downtown Brooklyn Monday to hand out face masks wrapped in informational packets about the coronavirus.
Adams has already said he believes the city should provide free masks to everyone, and now he’s also calling for free transportation on trains and buses for essential employees. He says he understands the MTA has a deficit and that ridership is at an all-time low, but says the city owes it to these essential workers to get this done
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“It should be factored into the money that comes from the federal government, and I think that all New Yorkers will agree that we need to extend some financial assistance to our essential employees and so we know that these are tough times for the MTA, but these are also tough times for New Yorkers and our essentials employees stepped up, it’s time for us to step up for them,” says Borough President Adams.
He stressed that he feels these workers are already putting their lives on the line and shouldn’t have to spend their money on transportation to do so.