Since 1979, the NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign has been a leading voice for New York Cityıs millions of daily subway and bus riders. The Straphangers Campaign is a project of the New York Public Interest Research Group, Fund (NYPIRG).
The 2012 State of the Subways Report Card was made possible by the effort of many people.
The profiles and MetroCard Ratings were designed by Matt Glomski and Gene Russianoff of the Straphangers Campaign in collaboration with Li Howard, who designed the original profile mastheads. Nikhil Goyal provided technical assistance and website support. Matt Glomski analyzed data for the report. Gene Russianoff wrote the report.
Campaign Coordinator Cate Contino supervised editing, production and fact-checking and provided research support and handled a thousand other details. Campaign Field Organizer Jason Chin-Fatt provided production assistance.
Steven Romalewski, former director of NYPIRGs Community Mapping Assistance Project (CMAP), helped develop the profile criteria and refine our approach. Marty DeBenedictis of NYPIRG consulted on the management of data.
Special thanks to NYPIRG Executive Director Rebecca Weber, Deputy Director Marvin Shelton and Assistant to the Executive Director Meaghan Cleveland, for their assistance during many phases of the report.
The methodology for the profiles and the MetroCard Ratings were originally developed in close consultation with the University Transportation Research Center at City College. We are indebted to the analytic skills of Yuko Nakanishi and Robert Paaswell, the director emeritus of UTRC. At the start of our project, we received expert and generous guidance from the late Gary Henderson, who headed past efforts at the MTA Inspector General to improve MTA performance measures.
We thank the following officials at MTA New York City Transit for their assistance over time: Martin Krieger at the Operations Planning Division; and Lois Tendler, Deborah Hall-Moore and Carolyn Jackson-Colley at Government and Community Relations.
We want to acknowledge the transit riders who gave us feedback on the original design and contents of the line profiles. Special thanks to our colleagues in the transit riders advocacy community: Beverly Dolinsky, formerly of the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA and Andrew Albert of the New York City Transit Riders Council; Ira Greenberg of the PCAC and MTA Board of Directors; and Joseph G. Rappaport, former Straphangers Campaign coordinator.
Photo credit: Wilbur O. Araujo