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Cap on Ride-Hail Vehicles Approved by Council

Government, Labor, New York, Transportation August 8, 2018 at 5:30 pm

The City Council passed regulations that put a yearlong cap on new licenses for ride-sharing companies. The move follows a spate of suicides among taxi drivers who faced intense financial burdens.

A recent rally at City Hall in support of medallion owners. (Photo via Queens Press)

Talking with Taxi Drivers

Immigration, New York, Queens, Transportation July 25, 2018 at 9:52 am

Queens Press talks to several taxi drivers about the continued pressures they are facing.

United Brothers owner Tom Kourkoumelis is just one of the many business owners happy to see the Astoria train stations reopened. (Photo by Costas Bej via The National Herald)

‘Happy Ending’ for Greek Store Owners in Astoria

Business, Eastern European, Queens, Transportation June 26, 2018 at 3:58 pm

Greek business owners applaud the reopening of the 30th Avenue and 36th Avenue stations in Astoria after months of declining foot traffic, reports The National Herald.

Taxi drivers demand better conditions after the recent wave of suicides. (Photo via El Diario)

Taxi Drivers Demand Solutions to End Driver Suicides

Labor, New York, Transportation June 19, 2018 at 6:18 pm

After six New York taxi drivers have taken their lives in the last few months because they cannot afford to pay for their medallions – most of them immigrants – a group of colleagues protested in front of City Hall asking for more regulation of ride-hailing apps, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Sandra Medrano, a leader with New York Communities for Change New York and an MTA customer.
(Photo via El Diario)

Advocates Celebrate Funding of MetroCards for the Poor

Latino, Transportation June 13, 2018 at 5:31 pm

Immigrants and activists celebrated that the city budget is funding “Fair Fares,” a discount MetroCard program that will help some 800,000 low-income commuters save up to $726 per year, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Members of the Green Light NY coalition took to Albany to request the approval of the Driver License Access and Privacy Act. (Photo via El Diario)

Advocates Press for Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented New Yorkers

Immigration, New York, Transportation April 19, 2018 at 5:30 pm

A broad coalition of activists and pro-immigrant groups gathered in Albany to push for the approval of a bill that would grant undocumented immigrants access to driver’s licenses, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Do Lee (Photo by Rachel Ramirez via CUNY Graduate Center)

The Immigrants Who Rely on E-Bikes

East Asian, Immigration, Labor, New York, Transportation April 5, 2018 at 4:46 pm

In his study on e-bikes, Ph.D. candidate Do Lee finds that immigrant workers, especially older Chinese workers, rely heavily on the mode of transportation, reports World Journal.

Delivery workers use electric bicycles in New York City. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Relief for Delivery Workers as Mayor Moves to Ease E-Bike Ban

Government, Labor, New York, Transportation April 4, 2018 at 5:30 pm

Delivery workers – mostly immigrants – expressed relief as the mayor announced that the city will allow some e-bikes on streets after multiple complaints over increased fines and confiscations by the NYPD, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Taxi drivers like Víctor Salazar fear that more drivers may attempt to take their own lives if no solution is found to the crisis. (Photo via El Diario)

Taxi Drivers Demand Regulations to Prevent Driver Suicides

Labor, New York, Transportation March 29, 2018 at 5:14 pm

After the suicide of four drivers, two of them Hispanic, overwhelmed by the disruption generated by ride-hailing apps, activists and leaders demanded action from City Hall, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Commuter Ana Torres (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Latino Leaders Urge Subsidized MetroCards for the Poor

New York, Transportation March 27, 2018 at 11:20 pm

Latino politicians and commuters are increasingly pressuring Mayor de Blasio to allocate $60 million to Fair Fares, a program to subsidize MetroCards for the poor, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, at the March 8 Newsmakers briefing at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, with Errol Louis, CUNY J-school professor and NY1 political correspondent (Photo by Marco Poggio for the Center for the Community and Ethnic Media)

Council Speaker Johnson Addresses Ethnic Media

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson met with the community and ethnic press at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism March 8.

Dominican-born taxi drivers Belkis Polanco (left) and Hilaria Peña. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Female Cab Drivers Set Up Their Own Safety Networks

Bronx, Dominican, Labor, Manhattan, Transportation, Women January 5, 2018 at 2:44 pm

Latina taxi drivers in Upper Manhattan and the Bronx talked to El Diario/La Prensa about how they have organized networks to protect each other by constantly sharing information about dangerous areas.

Assemblyman Ron Kim speaks about a bill he and state Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky, left, are pushing to prevent deadly bus crashes like the one in Flushing last month. Young Lim, center, whose husband was injured in the Northern Boulevard collision, came out in support. (Photo by Ryan Brady via Queens Chronicle)

Flushing Officials Seek Tighter Regulations for Private Buses

Government, New York, Queens, Transportation October 27, 2017 at 6:07 pm

Following the deadly bus crash in Flushing last month, Assemblymember Ron Kim and state Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky, have introduced bills to strengthen regulations on private buses, reports Queens Chronicle.

At 62, Cuban-born William Guerra feels that the dream of the yellow medallion taxi is crumbling down with the support of the local and state authorities. (Photo via El Diario)

Broken Dreams of Medallion Cab Owners

Labor, Latino, New York, Transportation July 7, 2017 at 4:36 pm

Thousands of NYC immigrants who saw a secure future in medallion taxis say they are at risk of losing their pensions due to the disruption of Uber-like apps, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

(Photo by mike, Creative Commons License)

Citi Bikes for the Bronx?

Transportation Alternatives is gathering signatures on a petition urging the city to expand Citi Bike availability in the Bronx and other underserved areas, Norwood News reports.