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'Day of Action' For Improved C Train Service Happening This Weekend

 Transit advocacy group Riders Alliance is asking Bed-Stuy commuters for input on improving the C train.
Transit advocacy group Riders Alliance is asking Bed-Stuy commuters for input on improving the C train.
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BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — Grassroots organization Riders Alliance is hitting the streets and stations of Bed-Stuy this weekend to ask straphangers how C train service could be improved.

Volunteers and Riders Alliance members will gather outside the Nostrand Avenue subway stop on Sunday for a “day of action,” during which commuters can share their subway sufferings.

“It’s slow and crowded, and riders deserve better than that,” said Rebecca Bailin, senior organizer of the group.

The MTA recently agreed to a full-line review of the C, according elected officials and Bailin.

Still, the Riders Alliance will compile suggestions and petition the agency for greater frequency, reliability and communication.

Berneda Jackson, who lives off the Ralph Avenue station, asked for dependable service.

“This week one morning, there were subway delays at my station but they didn't make an announcement,” said Jackson, a Riders Alliance member. “The C train didn't come for 45 minutes and then when it came, it was so crowded that I couldn't get on. Of course, I was late to work."

The Eighth Avenue line came in second to last in the transit watchdog Straphangers Campaign's 2013 list ranking subway car announcements and also held the record for most frequent breakdowns.

Riders can share their ideas at the Nostrand Avenue station on Sunday at noon, and commuters can tell their stories online by tweeting with the hashtag #IWantToC.

The group will also host a strategy meeting at Brooklyn Movement Center, at 375 Stuyvesant Ave. on Tuesday, April 21, at 7 p.m.