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
Advocates ‘honor’ Queens bus routes  (Queens Chronicle, July 25, 2019)
Award-winning buses: Brooklyn buses are least reliable in the city  (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, July 24, 2019)
From Chelsea To LES, The M14A Runs Slower Than A Manatee  (Patch, July 24, 2019)
Manhattan’s 14th Street bus named city’s slowest; Bed Stuy-to-JFK line named least reliable, new study finds  (WPIX11, July 23, 2019)
Straphangers Campaign names annual Schleppie, Pokey awards for poor bus service  (Yahoo! News, July 23, 2019)
Manhattan’s M14A is officially the slowest bus route in NYC  (Curbed, July 23, 2019)
Pokey Awards: This Staten Island bus averages less than 8 mph  (Staten Island Advance, July 23, 2019)
Transit advocacy groups name M14A slowest bus in the city  (1010 Wins, July 23, 2019)
Transit Group Names M14A Bus Slowest In New York City  (CBS 880, July 23, 2019)
Reporte: autobuses de la MTA tan lentos como tortugas  (Telemundo 47, July 23, 2019)
2 Bronx bus route earn ‘Pokey & Schleppie’ awards for slow, unreliable service  (News 12 Bronx, July 23, 2019)
M14A Bus Wins “Pokey Award” For Slowest Route in New York City  (The Lo-Down, July 24, 2019)
Straphangers Campaign names annual Schleppie, Pokey awards for poor bus service  (ABC 7, July 23, 2019)
MTA's M14A bus named slowest in NYC, with average speed of 4.3 mph  (amNY, July 23, 2019)
lowest bus in NYC moves at 4.3 mph, earns “Pokey Award”  (New York Daily News, July 23, 2019)
NYC’s slowest bus goes only 4.2 mph, which is slower than a manatee  (New York Post, July 23, 2019)
Advocates Give M14A 'Pokey Award' for Being Slowest Bus in NYC  (NY1, July 23, 2019)
Keep on schleppin’ — Queens buses aren’t as bad as other boroughs  (Queens Daily Eagle, July 23, 2019)
Lawmakers call for exemptions from NYC’s controversial congestion pricing plan  (New York Post, July 6, 2019)
Electric Car Charging Stations Coming to Park Slope in Fall 2019  (Bklyner, June 21, 2019)