Riders Alliance, Rep. Meng and Ocasio-Cortez Unite to #TransformTransit

September 22, 2021

Access-A-Ride, Access-a-Ride Reform Group, Disability Justice, MTA, Transportation

Eman Rimawi speaks at a Transform Transit rally.

Last week, Riders Alliance held a rally in Queens to demand federal investment in public transit within the city and throughout the country. Right now, public transit systems find themselves in a precarious economic and structural position. Without serious funding, service could decrease, fares could increase, and the already crumbling infrastructure of subway systems could take a devastating turn.

Together, NYLPI, Riders Alliance, Rep. Grace Meng, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stood with Borough President Donovan Richards, and Assemblymembers Cruz, González-Rojas, and Rajkumar, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, PCAC, and Straphangers Campaign called upon lawmakers to #TransformTransit.

Our own Eman Rimawi was one of the speakers at the rally, addressing the ongoing Access-a-Ride Reform campaign under NYLPI’s Disability Justice program.

Speaking on the MTA’s decision to reinstate Access-a-Ride shared rides, Eman commented:

“Doing that during a pandemic… doesn’t seem like a time to reinstate shared rides. That doesn’t seem like the time to put your most vulnerable people at risk.”

For more information on NYLPI’s Access-a-Ride Campaign, visit NYLPI’s website here.

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