Straphangers Campaign Holds Photo Contest To Show Off Best And Worst Of NYC Subways, Buses

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Attention shutterbugs!

The Straphangers Campaign is joining Transportation Alternatives in launching a subway and bus photo contest to highlight the best and worst of the city’s transit system.

Contestants can submit up to three photographs in each of the two categories.

New Yorkers will get the opportunity to show what mass transit looks like to them – whether it’s a “Good Transit Scene” or a “Bad Transit Scene.”

“For many New Yorkers the subways hold a lot of appeal – even romance — like a sunset from an elevated line,” Gene Russianoff, head of the Straphangers Campaign, told 1010 WINS. “For other people it spells overflowing garbage pails and peeling paint. We wanted to give both sets of New Yorkers a chance to express their view point.”

The contest was spurred on by concerns over what kind of an impact recent cuts in services due to the financial downturn and massive MTA budget deficit have had on the quality of service on the system.

“Our groups are concerned that years of budget cuts are taking their toll on the system,” Russianoff said.

Photo entries must be submitted online to by June 10.

Winners will get a free 30-day unlimited-ride Metro Cards.

  • James Donohue

    I think there is something wrong with this contest. The rules state that the photo must be no more than 300 by 400 pixels. I submitted a photo of a bus, but it was 640 by 480 pixels. I did not get an error message, but if I try to correct the mistake, I have to cut off the end of the bus to make it fit.
    What can be done about this?

  • Ejmp

    The caption should be edited to read “… while passengers attempt to ignore…”

  • Eduardo Rey

    Your picture of the person doing acrobatics in the subway is a fine example of one of the WORST things in the subway. The MTA should get tyhese people off the trains before they severely injure someone.

  • Shiney

    all subway performances should be outside of the cars. These actions are very dangerous with feet flying around.. Maybe I should go to their home and start rapping a song, or bang out an out of tune guitar mariamba while they are eating dinner. Even Letterman would not allow them on stupid human tricks. since htey are so poorly done.

  • Gregg

    I don’t know why the MTA dosen’t understand that most people who take the subway just want to get from one place to another as fast and cheap as possible with some sanity and dignity,i f possible in New York. Don’t encourage the crazies !

  • EricG

    Now encourage people to do stupid things in the subway.

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