7 petitions

Started 3 months ago

Petition to Joseph Lhota, Andrew Cuomo, Bill de Blasio, Robert Carroll, Brad Lander

MTA- Bring Contactless Payment to Ft. Hamilton Station First

The "Summer of hell" may be over but for the hard working people and MTA customers of Brooklyn, the woes of subway travel seem to be never-ending. While steps appear to be underway to make improvements, such as countdown clocks and other behind the scenes upgrades, there is still a big problem that needs to be addressed immediately. This problem, while not unique to one station, is having a big negative impact on the Ft. Hamilton F/G Station in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn. That problem is with both the MetroCard vending machines as well as the readers on the entry turnstiles. There are many reports on neighborhood boards and listservs of MetroCard vending machines taking payment from credit and debit cards but not actually adding that value to the MetroCard. In addition, many times customers will swipe their card at the turnstile reader which will indicate payment but not unlock the turnstile. A subsequent swipe will indicate the card was just used or will take an additional amount off the card. There are other times where the reader simply does not read the card at all or is even not functioning completely. We fully understand the MTA recognizes these issues and is working on implementing a new contactless payment and entry process throughout the entire Subway system by 2022. However, the Kensington/Windsor Terrace community can wait no longer and can not afford to lose additional hard-earned money to the very system we rely on to get us to and from those precious jobs. Therefore we would like to propose and and request that the Ft. Hamilton station, as well as possibly the Church Ave. station, be put at the top of the list to have this new system implemented. At the Ft. Hamilton station, specifically at the Ft. Hamilton Pky. entrance as there is no booth or agent at this end. Even if the system is still in the trial and testing phase, having one of the three turnstiles at this entrance would allow the MTA to get tremendous constructive feedback and data. The Church Ave. station is obviously much larger and would be able to provide invaluable and different data to be reviewed as well. There is little doubt that this is one of the fastest growing areas not only in Brooklyn but all of NY City. One only has to look at the amount of apartment buildings recently and still being constructed as well as the addition and growth of the local Public Schools. Not only has ridership increased tremendously in these two stations over the last 10 years but continues. In fact, the MTA even reconfigured the Ft. Hamilton entryway less than two years ago in recognition of that. The amazing Kensington/Windsor Terrace community is once again asking and offering to help the MTA in helping all NY City commuters. Thank you.

Steve LeVine
37 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Subway

Subway restaurants should be allowed to sell standalone bread. #FreeTheBread

This is a simple problem with a very simple fix. Subway currently does not allow you to buy their bread without buying a whole sub. This is ludicrous and should be corrected.  1. Why should customers be punished for liking Subway's product? I thought their delicious Italian Herb and Cheese bread would make my lowly homemade sandwich 20x more delightful... but I was rejected. I wanted to compliment the flavors of my self-acquired deli meats w/ Subway's signature bread but instead was offered only sadness. The employees seemed sad that they couldn't help me. 2. Isn't making money a good thing? Jimmy John's and other chains will sell you bread (day-old bread for just 50 cents!) if you request it, but your franchisees are forced to say "we can charge you for a veggie sub w/ no veggies." Does that make any sense? Take our money! Charge whatever a 6" or 12" bread costs you and enjoy the increased foot traffic to your businesses. If we walk out carrying a Subway branded bag isn't that a win for your corporation? 3. I remember 20 years ago our local rural Subway would sell us 6" breads for $.50 and 12" breads for $1. Apparently something has happened since then in Subway's detached corporate universe because now their franchisees are being told to not accept money from customers that are seeking their products.  Subway, please just fix this, it would require almost no effort and who knows what sorts of interesting social media concoctions people could create with your signature breads that would ultimately increase your profits. Be reasonable please!

Jason Wilson
11 supporters
Started 6 months ago

Petition to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Andrew Cuomo

Governor Cuomo- It's time to address the massive subway delays!

Dear Governor Cuomo,      Like millions of New Yorkers, I rely on the subway to get to and from work.  It is my primary form of transportation.  Over the last few months there has been a noticeable and troubling increase in the amount of excessive subway delays each day. As a working parent, each time there is a delay it costs me money- money I could be making as a small business owner and money that I have to pay for additional child care- not to mention the valuable time that I am losing away from my children. Yesterday what should have been a 20-25 minute commute took me 2.5 hours on the way to work and 1 hour and 45 minutes on the way home.  That is over 3 unnecessary hours spent stuck on a train when I could have been working or spending time with my family. Students missed graduation. Patients missed doctors appointments. Millions of people are impacted each and every day and the problem is only getting worse while our elected officials waste time disputing who is at fault.     As Governor, you have control of the MTA and therefore you are responsible to the millions of New Yorkers who depend on the subway to get to and from work and school each day. These delays have become unacceptable and excessive. Over the last few months there have been maybe 5 times in which I have not encountered delays of up to 15 minutes or more.  We urge you to immediately take action to address and correct this growing problem that seems to be routinely ignored all while the MTA continues to raise their fares on the backs of those of us trying to provide for our families. We need a mass transit system that we can depend on and currently it is failing us all. We are counting on your leadership to fix this long overdue problem.         

Kimberly Summers
152 supporters