February 12, 2011
By Neal Tepel
The Transport Workers Union Local 100, and influential transit advocates including Transportation Alternatives, WEACT for Environmental Justice andNYPIRG’s Straphangers Campaign, will kick off a new campaign against transit service cuts and fare hikes with coordinated actions on Valentine’s Day.
Thecampaign’s tag line, “I Can’t Live Without You,” will be featured on thousands of Valentines Day cards to be distributed to passengersduring both the morning and afternoon rushes.
After the most severe transit cuts in New York history, the union and public transportation advocates hope that the public is ready to join them to save transit funding and forestall fare increases. In the coming months, funding sources that keep public transit running will again be in peril. Transit riders need legislative leaders in Albany to stand up for public transportation.
On the 14th, TWU Local 100 and transit advocacy groups will be at four subway stations in Manhattan and Brooklyn gathering Valentine’s Day greetings from riders to their elected leaders in Albany. They will distribute Valentine’s Day cards that askriders to text the word “LUV” to 30644 or visit a website using a QR code. Supporters are hoping that a flood of text messages will demonstrate to lawmakers that there is broad support to create a “lock box” to protect dedicated public transportation funds from being diverted for other budgetary purposes.
The Locations include: Union Square, 125th St. & Lenox Avenue, 125th St. & Lexington Avenue, and Atlantic Terminal, Brooklyn.