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The Riders and the Rebirth of City Transit:
25 Years of Transit Advocacy by
the NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign

See photos of the Official Exhibit Opening...click here!

October 2004 marked the centennial anniversary of New York City's subway. As part of the celebration, the Municipal Art Society hosted an exhibit titled, "The Riders and the Rebirth of City Transit: 25 Years of Transit Advocacy by the NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign."

The exhibit focused on what riders have been able to accomplish

exhibit brochure

working with the New York Public Interest Research Group's Straphangers Campaign — and transit workers, civic groups and public officials — to win improvements in New York's subway and bus system since 1979.

The exhibit ran from September 8th to October 30th at MAS's gallery at 51st Street and Madison Avenue, featuring reports, subway ads, leaflets, photographs, cartoons, videotapes, and news articles to highlight successful efforts to:

  • build support for the rebuilding of the subway and bus system since 1981;
  • keep transit fares affordable and win fare discounts;
  • issue reports on subway and bus service;
  • protect free speech in the system, such as performing, leafleting, ads and photography; and
  • win rebuilding of the Franklin Avenue Shuttle in Brooklyn and defeat the Westway highway.

The exhibit also gave riders a chance to express their views on current issues. These include the need for a new round of transit rebuilding funds; threats of service cuts and fare increases; and proposed projects to expand the transit system.


exhibit brochure | straphangers campaign photo history
subway centennial contest winners | MTA centennial celebration | municipal art society

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