We are making progress toward our goal of making public transit a national priority. Since passage of the FAST Act last year, we are already seeing new investments, projects, and expansions underway in communities across the country. But don’t take our word for it; check out this story from one Voices for Public Transit member about what’s happening with public transportation in his area:
I try to take public transportation anytime I can, especially if I have to travel to downtown LA. I can take a bus to the North Hollywood subway station or I can walk to the MetroLink station and take a train to LA. On weekends I can purchase a Metrolink day pass for $10.00 all day and travel anywhere I want to.
LA is unique; there is an upswing in new rail lines being built. Later this year the Expo line will take passengers to Santa Monica, the first time since the demise of the Red Car in 1961. The Pasadena line will be extended to Azusa and hopefully give some relief to the I-210. This is an exciting time in LA in terms of transportation. I am planning on taking the Expo line to Santa Monica as soon as it opens. Since I am a photographer I am going to take pictures of my journey.
– Michael G., Los Angeles, CA
We certainly hope Michael gets some good shots from his first ride on the Expo line—and that he shares them with the Voices for Public Transit community!
While LA is a good example of public transit development, the same can’t be said for all communities. Here’s a good example of why more areas still need to focus on expanding and strengthening their public transit options:
Where I live in Butler County, to get to public transportation, I (as a handicapped individual), would have to walk approximately three miles of road from my house that doesn't even have sidewalks. Furthermore, it wouldn't be safe for me or my assistance dog to make such a walk. I am required, therefore, to wait for my wife to drive me or to get a ride from someone else, if they are willing to. I did just that before I retired and now I have found that I am housebound for lack of transportation.
– Jonathan B., Hamilton, OH
Jonathan’s story is all too common. Lack of public transit options often leaves some of our most vulnerable populations—particularly low-income individuals, seniors, and disabled Americans—disconnected from society. For those with limited mobility, public transportation plays an even more important role.
So what’s your public transit story? We want to hear how public transit impacts your life and whether you’re seeing any new developments in public transportation in your area.
Share your story with us today!