“Access-A-Ride users are losing jobs, housing, food and their lives, and we truly can’t afford to lose anything else,” concluded Access-A-Ride Coordinator and Organizer Eman Rimawi
in her testimony
to the MTA Board on a proposed fare increase for subway, bus, and paratransit services. Eman underscored her lived experience with AAR when she was not employed: “I remember what it was like to get a measly $1,000 a month from Social Security, and I had to get creative in order to afford rent, food, things around the house, transportation and any emergencies. Oftentimes, Access-A-Ride barely made the cut. And I can’t tell you how many times I paid my fare in pennies because it’s all I had on me!” In urging the MTA to “find other sources of funds, and not use … customers to make up the difference,” Eman cited the stark fact that AAR users are not afforded any of the discounts available to other riders such as weekly and monthly passes, and thus pay $300-400 a month for AAR rides.
Eman’s testimony was captured on Pix 11.