Politicians on Transit Redux: Summer of Hell Edition

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We’ve just crossed the halfway mark in 2017’s so-called Summer of Hell, so what better time to revive our sporadic Politicians on Transit series?

With all of the recent attention on the subways, many of New York’s elected leaders have been swiping their MetroCards more frequently as of late. This week, for example, elected officials are riding the subway and talking with straphangers as part of a two-day #RidersRespond tour. New York City Council Transportation Committee Chair Ydanis Rodriguez and Assembly Member Jeff Dinowitz, who chairs the Assembly Corporations Committee (which has oversight of the MTA) are leading the effort.

Rodriguez (left) and Dinowitz (right) were joined by a number of local and state leaders. Here they are near City Hall with Comptroller Scott Stringer:

And in East Harlem with City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito:

State Assembly Member Yuh-Line Niou joined the group on the Lower East Side:

And State Senator Marisol Alcantara and Assembly Member Carmen de la Rosa joined the group in Washington Heights:

City Council Member Margaret Chin called attention to accessibility issues in subway stations:

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and New York City Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg also joined the tour:

Last month, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio — who has taken some heat for not riding transit often enough — invited the media to join him on the F train where he called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to fix the subway.

The governor hasn’t been spotted on the subway since January, but he has been spotted near transit. Here he is at Penn Station’s new West End Concourse explaining why the Summer of Hell isn’t really so bad for commuters:

And here he is sharing more good news near Long Island’s busiest transit station:

And because bike share really ought to be considered part of the transit system, here are some city officials biking to a press event on Monday where the Department of Transportation announced a plan to expand the city’s bike network:

If you’re wondering why we haven’t included any photos of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie riding New Jersey Transit — the repair project at Penn Station impacts Garden State commuters, too — it’s because we still can’t find any. He has, however, made some public comments about the Summer of Hell, but mostly to say he wants to “smack” Governor Cuomo for coining the phrase.

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