Riders protest abysmal MTA on-time rate, proposed fare hike

December 09, 2018 - 4:55 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A handful of subway riders took to the streets in Brooklyn on Sunday to protest poor service and a proposed MTA fare hike.

The riders were highlighting what they say is an on-time rate that’s fallen below 50 percent on the R line.

“Going to work, doesn’t matter how early you leave, the R train’s probably not going to show up on time,” one woman said.

Protesters took a symbolic hike between train stations, saying commuters often have to walk because they can’t depend on the R. Sometimes riders are even forced to hike over to the N train in Dyker Heights. 

The protest in Bay Ridge comes a day before a Brooklyn hearing to raise the subway fare again.

Michael Maskin, of the Riders Alliance, says the subway needs to be fixed without resorting to a fare hike.

“One of the sustainable funding sources that can and we believe should be included in the budget for next year is congestion pricing,” Maskin said.

Many drivers argue that congestion pricing, which puts a toll on entering busy parts of Manhattan, is unfair to them.

Maskin says R line service in Brooklyn is especially bad.

“According to the MTA, only 48 percent of R trains reached their terminals on time in October 2018,” he said.