May 16, 2018 By Tara Law
Three transportation experts will discuss what’s wrong with New York City’s subway system— and why things have got so bad— in a panel at the Forest Hills library next week.
A discussion panel titled “What Can We Do to Get Our Subway System Back on Track?” will take place at the library at 108-19 71st Ave. on May 24 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The panelists will explain the history of the subway system; discuss the political and financial issues surrounding the MTA; and recommend actions that regular people can take to better advocate for system improvements. The panelists will also lead an open discussion and take questions from the audience.
The event is being sponsored by grassroots organization Let’s Talk Democracy, a nonpartisan organization based in Forest Hills.
Let’s Talk Democracy, which was formerly called It’s Who We Are, provides classes, seminars and discussion forums aimed at educating the public about government and fostering dialogue.
One of the panelists will be Jamison Dague, director of Citizens Budget Commission, a nonpartisan nonprofit that researches government services and finances in New York.
He will be joined by Rebecca Bailin, a campaign manager for the Riders Alliance, a grassroots organization that campaigns for an improved and affordable New York public transportation system.
Finally, Sheldon Teicher, a student at CUNY Graduate Center and professed subway and train buff, will also appear.
The event is free and open to all.