We know traveling around the city can be rough--the mere act of going from place to place is often the most stressful thing about our day. But then there are those rare moments when the stars align and everything works. The highs and lows, the horrors and the glory of commuting. We know how it feels.
Tell us what you want to know about commuting in the New York region--and we’ll help answer your questions and illuminate your concerns along the way. Share your commuter stories, questions, and ideas. Here’s how:
- Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
- On social media, We the Commuters has a Facebook group we’d love for you to join. You can also follow our coverage when you follow us on Twitter at @WeTheCommuters. If you want to share your commuting photos and stories from your own account, just tag #WeTheCommuters on Instagram and Twitter!
- Also, please subscribe to our weekly newsletter in which we deliver essential transportation coverage straight to your inbox:
Thank you! And what, you ask, do you get for sharing your thoughts and feelings about commuting?
Here’s our promise: we will help you better understand the region’s massive transit system and its challenges—and offer tips and tactics to improve it. And we hope we’ll make you feel less alone. In the crush of the commute, it’s easy to feel small and powerless but we, the commuters, have a voice and can be heard, if we work together.
The journalists at WNYC and Gothamist are digging into a long list of stories about our transit systems, what works and what doesn’t, and how we might do things differently. But we are a small group and this is a huge issue. We know you have questions, too, and probably some good ideas about how to make things better.
We’ve already done so much as a team. Thanks to your responses to a survey we sent last spring, you shaped our coverage. And we got some answers, made some news, on a few of your top concerns.
We started in July with bicycling in the city. We looked at the issue from a variety of angles on-air and online, culminating in a live event in The Greene Space (which you can see here), where NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan agreed it's "absolutely insensitive" to ticket bicyclists after cyclists are killed. Since then, the policy has changed.
Then, in September, we focused on homelessness in the subways. We explored what commuters, who see homeless people and others in need on a daily basis, might do differently. We told the world first about the influx of police in the subways, assigned to focus on “quality of life” issues, and we continue to press for more answers from those in power.
Our current focus is accessibility. Sure, we’ll look at the MTA’s plans to build more elevators. But we also want to share your hacks and strategies for getting around an older city not designed for modern needs. It’s a wide open topic--and we’d love your help deciding what to focus on. Be in touch!