PCAC released its Freedom Ticket II: Now, More than Ever! report and recommendations at a press conference at Woodside Station with Senator Leroy Comrie and Councilmember Barry Grodenchik. The report found that expanding commuter rail discounts throughout New York City and adding free transfers to subways and buses would offer tens of thousands of riders more affordable and equitable transit options and shorter travel times, while filling empty seats with paying customers on the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad, aiding in the region’s and MTA’s recovery. Further expansion through off-peak and reverse peak discounts would support inter- and intra-county travel on Long Island and into the Hudson Valley, further boosting ridership and supporting local economies. The goals of Freedom Ticket are to improve affordability and offer more equitable transit service, increase ridership on the railroads with new and returning commuters, and help the MTA meet its objective of getting riders back on board – thus bolstering its bottom line.
Read the press release here: Freedom Ticket Phase 2 Press Release 10.13.2021
Read the briefing document here: Freedom Ticket Phase II Briefing Document
Read the full report here: Freedom Ticket Phase II: Now, More than Ever!