City Council candidate John Heyer has found an issue that he hopes to ride all the way to office.
On Monday, Heyer will rally at the Carroll Street F- and G-train stop to demand that the Metropolitan Transporation Authority repudiate its plan to close dozens of manned token booths citywide.
The 24-hour booth at the President Street end of the station is supposed to close on Sept. 20, part of a plan by the cash-strapped transit agency to save $52 million per year.
“It’s people not machines — that make our subway stations and platforms safe,” said Heyer, who is facing four Democratic rivals in the Sept. 15 primary for the 39th District, which covers the prime F train territory from Kensington to Cobble Hill.
“The MTA can’t manage their [sic] own money, and now they want to penalize the riders,” said Heyer, announcing a 7 am rally at the station on Monday. “Let’s tell the MTA we won’t stand for it. It’s not too late.”
A spokeswoman for New York City Transit disagreed, saying the implementation of the service reductions at 200 stations will begin on schedule and be phased in slowly.
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