Throwback Thursday: Politicians on Transit

Image: Metropolitan Transportation Authority/Flickr

The Internet was all atwitter this morning over a presidential candidate riding the New York City subway, so we thought today would be an appropriate time to look back at some snapshots of politicians from the tri-state region (and beyond) using transit.

Here’s Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy riding CTfastrak in metro Hartford. Governor Malloy has been a leader on transit in recent years, and was even accused of trying “to push people out of their cars, and onto mass transit.”

Image: Connecticut Department of Transportation

Image: Connecticut Department of Transportation

Senator Chris Murphy, who is “fed up” with Connecticut’s transportation challenges, and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty rode the Metro-North Danbury Line earlier this week:

Here’s New York Governor Andrew Cuomo riding the E train. Governor Cuomo has a “garage full of 1970s muscle cars,” but he sometimes rides the subway when he’s in New York City.

Here’s Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Senator Chuck Schumer, Mayor Bill de Blasio and a cadre of New York City Council members who rode the 7 train to the new station at 34th Street last fall:

De Blasio wasn’t the first mayor to ride the 7 train to the West Side. Frequent subway rider Mike Bloomberg was:

Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch was such a fan of the 6 train station at 77th Street that some people thought it should be named for him. Here he is riding the subway with the King of Pop in 1978:

New York mayors aren’t the only ones who ride the rails. Here’s former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter taking SEPTA to a Phillies game:

And here’s Boston Mayor Marty Walsh (left) on MBTA Green Line with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, whose MBTA Control Board recently raised transit fares by 9.3 percent, and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito:

And here’s President Obama checking out the new rolling stock now in use on the Green Line between St. Paul and Minneapolis:

In the United States, high-profile elected officials usually only ride transit when it’s part of an event. That’s not always the case north of the border:

If you’re wondering why we haven’t included any photos of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie — the governor of the nation’s second-most transit-dependent state — using NJ Transit, it’s because we couldn’t find any. We were, however, able to find coverage of the governor being asked not to talk on the phone on one of Amtrak’s “quiet cars.”

1 Comment on "Throwback Thursday: Politicians on Transit"

  1. Murphy was riding the buses in SE CT a couple weeks back too. I think he does that a lot.

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