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PCAC Statement – October 19, 2021 – Governor Hochul Signs MTA Open Data Act

“With Governor Hochul’s signing of the MTA Open Data Act, we’re optimistic about the future of the MTA’s transparency. Access to more information and data is important both for riders and for accountability within and about the MTA. This bill is a crucial step to making sure that the public has accurate and updated information about ridership, safety, service reliability, and other key data to make sure that their transit system is working for them, and their dollars are being well spent. Advocates — including Reinvent Albany, who continues to spearhead the push for open and accessible data in government — reporters, good government groups, fiscal watchdogs and everyday New Yorkers will now all have the opportunity to take a deeper look into what the numbers mean to riders and the region.”

“We look forward to hearing more about implementation and the designation of an MTA data coordinator in the coming months and thank Senator Comrie and Assemblymember Carroll for sponsoring the legislation, and Governor Hochul for making transparency a priority.”