Riders Respond Transit Tour: leaders want to hear from you

- Elected officials in New York City will ride the subway system this week in order to get feedback from riders and address concerns.

Upper Manhattan Democratic Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez and State Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz are embarking on the Riders Respond Transit Tour beginning at 7 a.m. Thursday. They say New Yorkers haven't been able to voice their concerns about the beleaguered rail system until now.

"Now that the MTA has been declared in a status of crisis we believe it is important to spend these 24 hours listening to the riders: their experiences, their frustrations and their ideas on how we can take the MA to the 21st century," said Rodriguez.

"People are fed up both with subway service and bus service. People have said enough is enough. We've heard a lot from various officials but we really want to hear from people who take the subway system every single day," said Dinowitz.

Officials will begin their trek in Manhattan and the Bronx during their travels Thursday. Friday's visits include Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island.

"The city and the state have to work together to try to fix this system. Right now the subway system has been underfunded," said Dinowitz.

"We're going from 168th in the Bronx to 125th and we're going to be stopping at many stations," said Rodriguez.

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