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Survey Finds MTA Commute Has Worsened For Straphangers Since 2009

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MTA Bus (credit: Jesse Zanger, CBSNewYork.com)

MTA Bus (credit: Jesse Zanger, CBSNewYork.com)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A new survey of bus and subway riders found that 61 percent have noticed their trips have deteriorated over the past few years.

More than 600 people texted their responses over the last week to Transportation Alternatives on whether their MTA commutes have improved, worsened or remained the same since the agency made major cuts since 2009.

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Ya-Ting Liu said the survey should act as a catalyst for change.

“Transit is the life blood of New York City and this has to be a priority, it is a priority for 8.5 million New Yorkers and it should be a priority for elected officials as well,” Liu said. “If New Yorkers and transit riders demand that our elected officials make transit investment a priority, I think you will see very different results in Albany.”

Liu said the results of the commuter poll are not surprising since state elected officials have diverted more than $260 million from dedicated transit funding since 2009.

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“The livelihood of every New Yorker and economic state of this region really depends on a well-funded public transit system and even though transit riders are sort of set up with paying more for less, now is the time to hold our elected officials accountable for these deteriorating commute conditions,” Liu said.

Only 13 percent of those polled said their commute has improved.

Have you noticed a different? Is your commute better, worse or the same? Let us know below…

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