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Straphangers Campaign Releases Lists Of Best And Worst Moments For Transit Riders

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The Straphangers Campaign released Wednesday its list of their top 10 best and worst moments for transit riders in 2013.

Number 1 on the worst moments list is the planned fare hike to go into effect in March that will fares increase at twice the rate of inflation.

There's also the nearly $5 billion repair bill needed to fix and fortify the entire transit system after Hurricane Sandy, along with storm-related construction closures and day-to-day service interruptions.

Governor Andrew Cuomo also vetoed "lock box legislation" that would have better protected dedicated transit funds.

In good news, a planned fare hike for 2015 was cut in half, the MTA has a new highly respected chairman in Thomas Prendergast, select bus service has expanded in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Brooklyn.

Also included in the list is the fact that subway ridership has reached it's highest levels in 62 years, as well as the MTA's addition of $18 million in bus and subway service, extension of off-hour service on the G train and addition of new bus routes in underserved areas.

To see the full lists, visit straphangers.org/bestworst2013/index.html.

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