It’s PUBLIC Transit: Funders Look at New Initiatives to Connect NYC’s People & Places

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 -
9:00am to 11:00am EST
Philanthropy New York, 1500 Broadway, 7th Floor, NYC
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We face a unique moment in the life of public transit in New York.  After three decades of steadily improving service, quality indicators have started to decline. You see it every day: train cars break down more often, delays have gone up, and trains are increasingly crowded.  Public investment has not kept pace with growing demand for public transit, and the infrastructure is starting to deteriorate as fares continue to rise. 

Public transit is the lifeblood of New York City—we cannot live without it.  And with a record eight million people riding the subway and bus every day in New York, declining service and rising fares have grave consequences for the city and its ability to grow sustainably and provide economic opportunity—especially for its most vulnerable residents.

We can interrupt this slide toward disinvestment and make New York a global leader in affordable, world-class transit.  It will require a dedicated effort, creative ideas and coordinated strategy. That’s where you come in!

Join us on February 3, 2015 for breakfast and a spirited conversation with New York’s leading transit advocates. We’ll assess the state of public transit in New York City, share strategies for rescuing our transit system from decline, and welcome you to a participatory discussion of the challenges and opportunities in the push for affordable, reliable public transit that works for all of us.

  • Behind-the-scenes “lay of the land” of public transit in New York
  • Sneak preview of key upcoming transit advocacy projects including modernizing subway service, improving local bus service, introducing fare assistance for low-income New Yorkers, and making MTA rider data available for the public to examine and use.
  • A dynamic and collaborative discussion about why transit matters, how it can work better for more people, and how we can help ensure that New York grows sustainably and inclusively in the years to come.

We hope you will be able to join us!


John Raskin, Executive Director, Riders Alliance

Gene Russianoff, Staff Attorney, NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign

Kevin Ryan (Moderator), Program Director, New York Foundation

Veronica Vanterpool, Executive Director, Tri-State Transportation Campaign

The breakfast will be co-hosted by New York Foundation, Scherman Foundation, and TransitCenter.


Designed for

All interested funders.


8:45 - 9:00 AM Check-in

9:00 - 11:00 AM Program

Registration is required by February 2nd.

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Guests of Collaborators: Please email with your name, title, organizational affiliation, business mailing address, and phone number.  Please indicate by which organizer you were invited. (no fee)

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In Collaboration with

A Philanthropy New York Members Briefing