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Stringer calls for one-swipe solution to open up commuter rail to thousands of New Yorkers

Stands at Fordham Station where together with advocates, Stringer reversed 170-year exclusion of service for local Bronx residents

With LIRR and Metro-North ridership still down 70% from pre-pandemic levels, Stringer calls on MTA to stop squandering commuter rail and provide greater transit access to the 1.4 million New Yorkers who live near a station

Proposes MTA reduce all in-city fares to a MetroCard swipe, allow for free transfers with the subway and bus, and dramatically increase weekend service

New York, NY – With more New Yorkers getting vaccinated, commuting to work, and traveling within the City, Comptroller and mayoral candidate Scott Stringer today called on the MTA to open up commuter rail for post-pandemic ridership. As of this week, LIRR and Metro-North ridership is still down 70 percent from pre-pandemic levels. Stringer urged the MTA to adopt his plan to increase ridership and provide greater transit access to the 1.4 million New Yorkers who live near the 41 LIRR and Metro-North stations within the five boroughs.

Comptroller Scott Stringer said: “New York City needs a transportation system that works for all New Yorkers, and as we revive our city and bring it back from the brink, transportation must be the heart of our recovery. It’s time to stop squandering our commuter rail system and open up these resources to thousands of New Yorkers in desperate need of equitable, accessible, and affordable transit options. We need a one-swipe solution to open up commuter rail, revitalize our transit network, jumpstart our economic recovery, and better serve working people.”

Stringer proposed a comprehensive approach to improve access to commuter rail for New York City residents, including:

Stringer’s proposal is part of his transportation platform as part of his mayoral agenda entitled “The Details to Deliver” — highlighting the need for specific, actionable plans to set New York City on a fundamentally new trajectory from the past decade and take the city forward from the COVID-19 pandemic, stronger and fairer than ever before.

Scott Stringer was born and raised in Washington Heights. He attended P.S. 152 on Nagle Avenue and I.S. 52 on Academy Street. He graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in Marble Hill and John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, a CUNY school.

Stringer was elected City Comptroller in 2013. Prior to serving as Comptroller, he was Manhattan Borough President from 2006 to 2013 and represented the Upper West Side in the New York State Assembly from 1992 to 2005. He and his wife, Elyse Buxbaum, live in Manhattan with their two children, Max and Miles.