Riders Alliance hopes worst commute contest will spark action

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Advocates from the Riders Alliance are hoping that a new contest will help spark some action to improve travel times on the subways Brooklyn commuters.

Rebecca Bailin, who works at the nonprofit group Riders Alliance, says once the organization announced the 'Worst Commute of the Week' contest her inbox was flooded with stories about the horrible commutes people endure. She says subway riders often miss work and are late to get their kids.

Native New Yorker Theresa McCarthy says her commute is one of the reasons that she left and moved down South. She says the prices kept going up and nothing ever really changed.

To submit an entry to the 'Worst Commute of the Week' contest go to the Riders Alliance website or use #worstcommute on Twitter.

Bailin says the contest will keep on rolling until Gov. Andrew Cuomo provides a long-term fix to the MTA.

The governor's office tells News 12, "We welcome advocates, the Legislature and the city to this effort to ensure the MTA gets the funding it needs to deliver reliable service for riders."

Riders say they don't want effort, they just want a less frustrating commute.
 

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