BRT FOR NYC ANNOUNCES NEW COALITION MEMBERS; CONTINUING TO INCREASE SUPPORT FOR BUS RAPID TRANSIT ON WOODHAVEN AND ACROSS NEW YORK CITY
May 7, 2015 (New York, NY) – The BRT For NYC Steering Committee announced today the addition of three new coalition members, joining their efforts to advocate for safer, reliable, and affordable transportation in the form of full featured Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in NYC. The addition of the new members demonstrates increased support for improved bus service across New York City amongst a group of organizations committed to making New York a cleaner, more sustainable city and ensuring social justice and equity for all New Yorkers, including the most underprivileged communities.
The new coalition members include:
The three new coalition members join the ten organizations who signed on this past February, bringing the total BRT for NYC coalition member count to 22 organizations. Coalition members that recently signed on in February include:
- The Alliance for a Greater New York (ALIGN)
- CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities
- Common Ground
- Fifth Avenue Committee
- Mothers on the Move
- Neighbors Helping Neighbors
- New York Immigration Coalition
- Restaurant Opportunities Center for New York (ROC-NY)
- Rockaway Youth Task Force
- WE ACT for Environmental Justice
BRT For NYC – a diverse group of advocacy, labor, policy, and business organizations committed to addressing transportation inequality by bringing full-featured Bus Rapid Transit to the city – is engaged in a community-focused campaign to educate and mobilize those who will benefit most from improved transportation in NYC. The Committee is currently focused on advocating for BRT along the Woodhaven Boulevard corridor – the most dangerous street in Queens.
“Make the Road New York is thrilled to join the BRT for NYC coalition’s efforts in ensuring all New Yorkers have access to high quality transportation,” says Javier H. Valdes, co-Executive Director of Make the Road New York. “Bus Rapid Transit is a safe, affordable and reliable transportation option that will open the doors to new business and education opportunities for the thousands of Queens residents who are isolated from the rest of the city.”
BRT is a cost-effective and achievable transit solution that offers the permanence, speed, and reliability of rail, with the flexibility of buses, at a fraction of the cost of a subway system. “Bus Rapid Transit will provide a high quality transportation system to some of the most underserved communities in New York City. New York Communities for Change is excited to join the BRT for NYC coalition to help make BRT a reality for Queens and work together to create a more inclusive, equitable New York,” says Jonathan Westin, NYCC Executive Director.
Nearly 900,000 New Yorkers commute more than an hour each way to work; two-thirds of those commuters travel to jobs that earn less than $35,000 a year.
“We can’t realize a sustainable future without a robust transit network that meets the needs of all New Yorkers,” says Marcia Bystryn, President, New York League of Conservation Voters. “Bus Rapid Transit can offer communities without subway access a mode of transportation that is both affordable and has a low carbon footprint. We look forward to working with BRT for NYC to make sure that Mayor de Blasio fulfills his campaign commitment of 20 new bus routes in the next four years.”
About the BRT for NYC Steering Committee
Launched in 2014, the BRT For NYC Steering Committee is comprised of the Association for a Better New York, Pratt Center for Community Development, Riders Alliance, NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign, Transportation Alternatives, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, TWU Local 100, and Working Families Party. Please visit www.brtfornyc.com for more information.