John Raskin, Riders Alliance
by Patrick Kearns
Nov 24, 2015 | 7176 views | 0 0 comments | 246 246 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Getting to LaGuardia Airport is so difficult by public transportation that transportation activists and Rider's Alliance Director John Raskin says it's almost like the MTA and LaGuardia are actively discouraging people from getting on the bus or taking the subway.

So they're proposing a solution: free shuttle service to replace an existing bus line.

“For New Yorkers and visitors getting to LaGuardia by public transportation should be easy and intuitive and logical,” Raskin said,

So how can the MTA reasonably take the Q70 bus and make it free? Well most of the riders, according to Raskin, are already taking it for free but using their one free transfer from the subway.

“The secret is almost everybody who's taking the Q70 right now is already taking it for free because everybody gets a free transfer to or from the subway,” he said. “There are some people who are not transferring from the subway, but the MTA would more than make up for that revenue by attracting new ridership to the bus and ultimately to the subway.”

Raskin also explained that, while it would be extremely beneficial to people to get to their airport to have a free shuttle, it would also generally benefit New York City.

“If the MTA were to implement this proposal, the city could start publicizing to the entire world how easy it is to get to and from LaGuardia Airport, which has always been a challenge,” Raskin said.
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