^ The 'Get On MTA Free Card' serves as a signal for MTA commuters to utilize the exit door as an entrance, bypassing the need for payment.
^^The ‘Community Chest’ jam is pasted over the magnet of the emeregnecy exit door so it can be opened from the outside.
By allowing commuters to bypass the need for payment, the 'Get On MTA Free Card' promotes a sense of community and shared experience among those who use it. The card becomes more than just a means of accessing the subway, but ia a symbol for change and a tool for fostering social interactions.
Marcy Ave. (MJZ) Queens-bound
Marcey Ave. (MJZ) Manhatten-bound
WHY: GET ON MTA FREE?
IT MAKES NEW YORK A BETTER CITY.
Equity and Social Justice: Public transportation is an essential service that provides access to jobs, education, healthcare, and other essential services. However, the cost of transportation can be a significant financial burden for many low-income individuals and families. By making public transportation free, cities can help reduce this burden and ensure that everyone has access to safe and reliable transportation, regardless of their income.
Increased Ridership: When public transportation is made free, ridership tends to increase significantly. For example, when Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia, made its public transportation system free in 2013, ridership increased by 14% within the first year. This increase in ridership can help reduce traffic congestion, air pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions, as well as improve the overall efficiency of the city’s transportation.
Economic Benefits: Providing free public transportation can have significant economic benefits for both individuals and society as a whole. For example, a study by the Victoria Transport Policy Institute found that making public transportation free can reduce household transportation costs by up to 6% and increase disposable income, which can be spent on other goods and services. Additionally, free public transportation can increase access to jobs and education, which can help reduce poverty and improve economic mobility.
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I am writing to urge you to make public transportation free for all residents of New York City. Not only would this be a step towards greater equity and social justice, but it
would also have a number of positive benefits for the city as a whole
Free public transportation would increase access to jobs and education, which would help to reduce poverty and improve economic mobility. Additionally, by encouraging more people to use public transportation instead of driving, we could help to reduce traffic congestion and air pollution, benefiting the environment and the health of all New Yorkers.
Moreover, studies have shown that free public transportation could have significant economic benefits at the individual level, such as reducing household transportation costs by up to 6% and increasing disposable income. This could translate into greater support for local businesses and an overall improvement in the economic health of our city.
Providing free public transportation would also demonstrate a commitment to creating a more equitable and just city that works for everyone, not just the wealthiest. As the city with the highest number of billionaires in the world, it is time to use our wealth to benefit all New Yorkers.
To fund free public transportation, we could explore several options, such as partnering with private companies for advertising or sponsorships, implementing a ‘pied-à-terre’ tax on luxury vacation homes, increasing taxes on the wealthiest individuals and corporations, and reducing administrative costs through streamlining the MTA's operations.
It is important to note that only about 30% of the MTA's budget comes from fares paid by individuals, indicating that the current funding model is outdated and needs to be updated.
Thank you for considering my request, I look forward to seeing your action take place.
Sincerely, [YOUR NAME]