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
In wheelchairs, unable to get around: Let's finally fix Access-A-Ride  (New York Daily News, July 15, 2018)
Transit groups turn up heat in Albany  (Queens Chronicle, July 12, 2018)
Transit groups demand pols support congestion pricing  (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, July 11, 2018)
Transit advocates release policy wish list for 2018 candidates vying for state office  (New York Daily News, July 10, 2018)
The state of the NYC subway, one year after Cuomo’s state of emergency  (Curbed, July 9, 2018)
MTA funds should be spent on transit only, Golden says  (Brooklyn Reporter, July 3, 2018)
Poor New Yorkers suffer more when the subway is delayed  (MarketWatch, July 2, 2018)
As questions over subway fixes loom, lawmakers demand funding  (Curbed, June 29, 2018)
Lawmakers, Activists Want Albany To Fast-Track Funding For Transit Repairs  (CBS 2, June 28, 2018)
Ceiling at Borough Hall Subway Platform Collapses, Injuring One  (Wall Street Journal, June 20, 2018)
New Yorkers are spurning public transport for ride sharing  (New York Post, June 17, 2018)
City budget includes $106 million for Fair Fares  (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, June 12, 2018)
Straphangers, Advocates Take Fight for ‘Fair Fares’ to City Hall Steps  (The Forum, June 7, 2018)
Pols decry ‘L’-ack of handicap access in subway shutdown  (The Villager, May 24, 2018)
The plan to fix NYC subways already faces an uncertain future because of a political feud  (NY1, May 23, 2018)
E train seat removal pilot’s success tough for MTA to call  (amNY, May 16, 2018)
How Riders Won the Fight for Better Buses in New York City  (City Limits, May 9, 2018)
Community groups want chat with de Blasio over funding discounted MetroCards for the poor  (New York Daily News, May 8, 2018)
The path of the first woman to lead NYC subways  (NY1, May 3, 2018)
This New York City Subway Station Gets Rave Reviews  (Wall Street Journal, May 1, 2018)