MTA Builds Support for Transit in Albany

Transit officials, riders, labor unions, business representatives and state leaders gathered to spearhead Transit Awareness Day in Albany. The event included meetings with lawmakers, a legislative reception, and industry displays.

Stakeholders on hand to support mass transit included the New York Public Transit Association (NYPTA), New York State Transportation Equity Alliance (NYSTEA), TWU Local 100, ATU Locals 1342 and 1321, and New York State-based businesses and manufacturers.

Millions of New Yorkers rely on our system every day as their only form of transportation. Nearly 85 percent of Manhattan jobs are reached each day by public transportation, and during peak hours, almost 90 percent of all trips into Manhattan's Central Business District come via public transportation.

The MTA's Capital Program also creates jobs and economic growth by providing work for contractors throughout the state. Over the past 30 years, the MTA's Capital Program has remade New York's transportation system into the safe, modern and reliable network it is today. The result of these investments can be seen not just on MTA trains and buses, but throughout the entire state. The current 2010-2014 Capital Program will provide 350,000 New York jobs and an overall economic impact of $44 billion.

Keeping people mobile by taking them to work and other places in communities throughout the state generates economic activity, jobs, independent living and sustainability. A strong investment in public transit yields positive results for New York and beyond.