In order to support better representation for transit dependent people at the MTA, we ask that you sign this petition urging the Honorable Mayor of NYC, Bill De Blasio, to recommend two "rider-representatives" for appointment as voting members of the MTA Board of Directors. Once made, these recommendations must be confirmed by the Governor and Senate, but simply putting their names forward is a significant step in achieving transit justice.
Millions of New Yorkers are dependent on the MTA for their daily transportation needs, and yet these transit dependent people have very little influence on how the MTA is governed. The Rider Representation Campaign, led by the New York State Transportation Equity Alliance and WE ACT for Environmental Justice, seeks to have two "rider-representatives", with voting power, appointed to the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) as a means of addressing this inequity.
The current process for appointing members to the Board of Directors of the MTA, and all other transit governing boards in NY State, involves recommendations from local officials, with confirmation by the Governor and Senate. Furthermore, the Governor has the ability to appoint Board members independent of local recommendations. The MTA Board of Directors make wide-ranging decisions on capital investments, the cost of transit fares, service cuts/additions, and public engagement, among other things. Unfortunately, the appointment process in place has created a transit system that is too often detached from the needs of low-income NYers, and others who lack political influence.