Target: Carmen Bianco, New York City Transit Authority President
Goal: Repeal decision to raise New York subway and bus fares by 25 cents.
The New York City subway and bus systems, which are used by millions of people every day, will be increasing their fare for the second time in just two years. The fare will go from $2.50 to $2.75 for a single ride, which is a 10 percent increase. Although this might seem like a small amount of money, many people depend on public transportation in their daily lives, and the price adds up. In addition, when the small increases keep happening, they end up becoming a significant increase over time. This fare hike will hurt millions of working people in New York, who are already paying one of the highest rates in the US for public transportation. Please call on New York City’s Transit Authority and demand that they don’t raise the price.
This will be the fifth time New York’s public transportation fares will increase since 2003. Before the 2003 increase, a single ride used to cost $1.25. After the current increase, a single ride on the subway or bus will cost more than double what it did less than 12 years ago. This is very problematic since, as you can guess, New York residents’ salaries did not double in this time. The price of a 30-day MetroCard will now be $116.50, which means that minimum wage earners will have to work more than 13 hours every month just to pay for getting to and from work.
Public transportation is not supposed to be a luxury. It is a basic need that all people should have access to, and without it, finding employment becomes almost impossible. The rate at which the prices of New York’s public transportation have been rising is truly worrying, and if it is not curbed, it could keep making life more and more difficult for people in and around the city. Please help restrain this constant increase in prices and cost of living by demanding that the Transit Authority stop this price increase from going into effect.
Dear Mr. Bianco,
I am writing to you about a recent announcement from the New York City Transit Authority regarding a decision to once again increase the bus and subway fare. This is the second time you will be increasing the price in just two years, and this is a completely unacceptable rate. The fare has doubled in less in than 12 years, and it has never once decreased since the the subway system was built more than 100 years ago. I demand that you immediately repeal this decision and find a different way to cover your costs without turning public transportation into a luxury.
New York has the most expensive public transportation in the US, and it is becoming unaffordable to many working people. Prices keep increasing and forcing people to use large portions of their salaries just to commute to work. Public transportation is meant to be used by the general public for everyday needs, and millions of people rely on your trains and buses every day. Please make sure that they can keep using them by stopping this increase from going into effect.
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