Straphangers Campaign Lists Best & Worst Transit Events Of 2013
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Straphangers Campaign has released its year-end “Top 10” lists of the worst and best events for the city’s mass transit system.
“The year was – and for years to come will likely be – dominated by the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy,” the group’s Gene Russianoff said in a statement.
In a press release, the group said there is a “seemingly endless parade” of major reconstruction projects in Sandy’s wake.
“There’s repair work going on all over the place making downtown Manhattan subway stations fortified against flooding and rebuilding the South Ferry No. 1 stop which had been completely overhauled in 2006,” Russianoff told 1010 WINS.
Fares rising at twice the rate of inflation in March topped the “worst” list.
On the flip side, the MTA’s decision to cut nearly in half a fare hike planned for 2015 made the top of the “best” list.
The group also praised the continued expansion of Select Bus Service, which is now operating on the B44 line in Brooklyn and the Bx41 line on the Bronx, and noted that Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio campaigned on a promise to build a network of 20-select bus service routes in underserved communities.
The Straphangers Campaign also expressed its deepest sympathies to those affected by the deadly Metro-North derailment in the Bronx, which the group called “the most tragic transit event of 2013.”
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