New Group Advocates For Better Transit Service
Subway and bus riders from Western Queens came together on March 10 to identify problems at local subway stations, with the goal of winning better transit service for Queens residents. They are part of a new grass-roots membership organization, the Riders Alliance, that brings transit riders together to win better subway and bus service.
The Western Queens residents had met at a community meeting hosted by the Riders Alliance and decided to work on improving subway station conditions for more than 230,000 people who board the E, F, G, M, N, Q, R and 7 trains in Western Queens every weekday. On Sunday, the team surveyed stations in Astoria and nearby neighborhoods to document specific problems.
They plan to compile a petition to the MTA requesting immediate repairs where conditions are inadequate.
Andy Lemke, a Riders Alliance member from Sunnyside, said, “Queens has a population of over two million people, which is more than most large cities in the U.S. But we often focus on issues in Manhattan. I volunteered today because I think it’s important to come together to work on community transportation issues in Queens.”
The group plans to follow up with the MTA, and to reach out to local elected officials and neighborhood residents for support as they campaign for better subway and bus service.
The group will also look into other potential bus and subway issues.
More information about the Riders Alliance campaign for better transit service in Western Queens can be found at the group’s Web site: www.ridersny.org.