Gene Russionoff of the Straphangers Campaign is answering questions in New York Times city room.
Since 1978, Mr. Russianoff has been a mass transit and government reform advocate. His work has helped revive transit as an engine for the city’s vitality and economy, with subway ridership at its highest level in more than 50 years. This achievement was advanced by his efforts to win: unlimited-ride transit passes and free subway-to-bus transfers; $53 billion in funds to rebuild the subway and bus system since 1982, including the “trade-in” of Westway highway money for transit; increased transit service; creation of independent transit safety and management watchdog agencies; and rider and labor representatives on the M.T.A. Board of Directors.
Here are the three sets of questions and answers.