***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Date: Contact: June 4, 2013 Bronx/Manhattan: Ray at rvargas@twulocal100.org Brooklyn: Cheska at ctolentino@twulocal100.

org Queens: Michele at mgilliam@twulocal100.org

TRANSIT RIDERS AND WORKERS: “BRING BACK OUR BOOTHS!”
Transit Forward Coalition to Hold Citywide Day of Action on Thursday, June 6th, to Bring Attention to Subway Safety Bring Back Our Booths! Day of Action Times and Locations
The Bronx 149-3rd Ave (2/5): 4-6PM Manhattan 168th St Station (A/C): 7-9AM 135th St Station (2/3): 7-9AM & 4-6PM 86th St Station (4/5/6): 7-9AM Queens Jamaica Center (E/J/Z): 7-9AM Steinway (M/R): 4-6PM

Brooklyn Clinton-Washington Aves (C): 7-9AM & 4-6PM Brighton Beach (B/Q): 4-6PM

New York, NY—On Thursday, June 6th, dozens of transit riders and workers will hold a citywide Day of Action to highlight the need for the restoration of Station Booths and Station Agents in the NYC subway system. In 2010, about one hundred booths were eliminated across the transit system, reducing riders’ safety, security, and ability to access the subway system. Each day, over five million riders depend on the subway as a primary source of transportation, necessary in carrying out their daily activities, including traveling to work and school. Seniors, people with disabilities, students, and families traveling with children are disproportionately impacted by the loss of Station Agents, who assist with reduced-fare Metrocards and access through the security gates. John Samuelsen, President of the Transport Workers Union Local 100 said, “Station Agents are the eyes and ears of the subway system. They are the people riders depend on for upto-date information, tourists for travel information, and help when machines are broken. We need our Station Agents because they are central to our quality of life in our communities.” "Millions of New Yorkers depend on station booths and agents every day--whether it's to help a disabled or elderly rider through a security gate, as a deterrent against crime, or just

to update them with the latest transit information,” said Senator Eric Adams. “In fact, if those booths aren't staffed, some people simply can't or won't use that station. New Yorkers won't have a fully functioning subway system until every station is properly staffed. Transit riders pay more and more for their MetroCards every year--they deserve the safest, best subway system in return." “We are calling on the MTA to bring back our station agents to make our community safer,” Laurie Cumbo, 35th City Council District Candidate said. “Many stations in our community have no agents, leaving our neighbors alone and less safe on our often desolate subway platforms. Deserted stations leave riders without the ability to enter the subway when there are broken Metrocard machines, and all too often leave riders stranded at the station because they are unaware of service changes and have no agent to talk to. I stand with transit riders and workers today to bring back the vibrancy of our subways and increase jobs and safety in our community. Bringing back the station agents will do just that.” Austin Shafran, Candidate for City Council, District 19 said, “If mass transit is the life blood of our city’s economy, then transit workers are the heart and soul that make it work for working families. Like a lot of people from Queens, I have family and friends who take the subway every day to get to work, and the best way to guarantee their safe and reliable passage is to bring back our booths and immediately re-employ station agents. Adding station agents is a matter of public safety that can no longer be ignored. I applaud Transit Forward for raising this critical issue and am proud to stand with them in calling on the MTA to bring back our booths.” Transit Forward (www.TransitForward.org) is the only grassroots coalition organized by transit riders and workers in New York. ###