About the NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign

We fight for safe, affordable, and reliable New York City public transit.

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The Straphangers Campaign was founded by the New York Public Interest Research Group at a critical time for New York City transit. By the late 1970s, the City's subways had become unreliable and decrepit. Graffiti covered every car and station. Transit fires and derailments hit record levels. Crime steadily worsened. Ridership plummeted to the lowest level in 80 years. Businesses cited poor transit as a leading reason for moving out of New York. The system had become a symbol of the decline of the City itself.

There has been great progress since then. Today, trains are 20 times more reliable. Ridership has bounced back. Transit crimes, fires, derailments — all have been greatly reduced in the last two decades. In 1997, the transit system started offering free transfers between subways and buses. In 1998, riders received the first fare decrease in the history of the system in the form of unlimited-ride transit passes. As a result, ridership has soared. In 2016, ridership broke records set in the late 1940s.

These improvements didn’t happen by accident. The Straphangers Campaign played a leading role in building a consensus for scores of billions of dollars in new investments in metropolitan transit—through our rider organizing, coalition building, research, reports, and media savvy. Although the fight for better transit is far from over and much more remains to be done, the Campaign is proud of our role in turning around New York City’s transit for the better.

In the News
Even Newer Subway Signals Cause Headaches on F Train  (New York Times, April 15, 2018)
Meet the Brit in charge of fixing NYC's subway  (BBC News, April 8, 2018)
NYC politicians, transit advocates react to Cuomo’s 2019 state budget  (Metro US, April 2, 2018)
New York Taxi Drivers See State Fee as Blow to Battered Industry  (Wall Street Journal, April 1, 2018)
MTA Answers Straphangers' Questions on Twitter  (CBS 2 New York, March 29, 2018 )
New York City Transit Chief: Subway Signal Overhaul Could Be Done in 10 to 15 Years  (Wall Street Journal, March 29, 2018)
Group makes final push for $12 NYC congestion charge  (Daily News, March 22, 2018)
Inside City Hall: Congestion pricing... finally?  (NY1, March 22, 2018)
Queens firm jacked up Battery Tunnel fix-up costs by $68M, stands to claim $1.4M bonus for finishing early  (Daily News, March 8, 2018)
Riders Want City to Speed Up New Technology for Buses  (City Limits, March 6, 2018)
Advocates Call on MTA to Make New Fare Technology Fairer  (Next City, March 5, 2018)
The MTA’s Bus Action Plan Better Commit to Citywide All-Door Boarding  (Streetsblog, February 22, 2018)
MTA bus routes are failing when it comes to speed and reliability, report says  (amNY, February 8, 2018)
Nobody’s neutral on congestion price report  (Queens Chronicle, January 25, 2018)
Now the Real Work Begins on a Manhattan Congestion Plan  (The New York Times, January 25, 2018)
Mayor Forces Delay of Cuomo’s Plan to Renovate 33 Subway Stations  (The New York Times, January 24, 2018)
M.T.A. May Have Inflated Number of Subway Power Delays  (The New York Times, January 21, 2018)
MTA adds extra-long cars to the C line to make more room for riders  (Curbed New York, December 19, 2017)
In Major Cities, African Americans Have to Put Up With Especially Long Commutes  (Alternet, December 12, 2017)
Gov. Cuomo urged to sign law doubling free transfers on pay-per-ride MetroCards  (Daily News, December 12, 2017)