Riders Alliance members urge Queens straphangers to demand more federal aid for public transportation


Members of Riders Alliance and subway riders, along with Queens City Council candidates, canvassed the Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue subway station on Wednesday, Sept. 1 in Jackson Heights, where they distributed postcards to straphangers and urged them to call their congressional representatives and demand that Congress pass H.R. 3744 – Stronger Communities through Better Transit Act during the current infrastructure legislation.

The canvassing action came at the heel of the recent subway “mishap” when a power problem shut down subway signal signs on several lines Sunday night, Aug. 29, stopping trains in their tracks and forcing the evacuation of a few hundred subway riders with the help of the FDNY and MTA. And just Wednesday night, unprecedented rainfalls proved how vulnerable the outdated subway infrastructure is.