Thank you to all the Voices for Public Transit members who have shared their public transportation wish list with us!
We’ve heard lots of ideas for improving public transportation, and today we’re rounding up the major themes we’re seeing in our members’ wish lists for public transit in their areas.
Local public transit systems work hard to meet the needs of their riders, but there’s only so much they can do with limited funds. As FAST Act funding begins to reach communities nationwide, these are some areas that local public transit systems could focus on to continue expanding and improving their service.
“We have some streets where buses only run once an hour even though these are fairly busy….We also need more frequency and reliability on many other routes throughout the city and access into a booming connected suburb city… I feel our city needs more buses, reliability and frequency that goes further into the evening.”
- Andrew B., New Mexico
“One thing on my list is more public bathrooms or at least porta potties along the route. Your transit can take longer than an hour or so and it can be distressing for the elderly or pregnant [women].”
- Catherine D., California
“Bus stops need to be totally accessible to those in wheelchairs & using walkers. More shelters are needed.”
- Sandra S., Florida
“In our parish of St. John the Baptist in Louisiana there is only one source of public transportation. It's [an on-demand bus service] that must be scheduled 24 hours in advance. Hwy 61 is the main highway and if they just had one or two public buses that ran routes along that highway, a lot of people who don't have transportation would be helped tremendously… Businesses would thrive and unemployment would drop.”
- Natalie A., Louisiana
Turning Wishes into Reality
Local public transit systems want to provide all of these things and more. Voices for Public Transit members know that a lack of consistent, sufficient public investment in transportation is one of the leading obstacles to making these improvements a reality.
So, how do we make these public transit wishes come true? Speak out, get involved, and, most importantly, VOTE!
Our community poll indicates roughly 70 percent of Voices for Public Transit members are aware of public transit ballot measures or initiatives. More than 95 percent of members have expressed their support of these initiatives, giving supporters of public transit good reason to be hopeful for the future.
Remember, public transportation improvements almost always require funding. Some dollars will come from the federal FAST Act, but local regions must raise their own funding, too. In November, several regions, such as the San Francisco Bay Area and Marion County, Indiana (greater Indianapolis), will have public transportation funding measures on the ballot.
Get out and vote for the public transit measures, referenda, or ballot initiatives in your area, and encourage your friends and neighbors to do so as well. By making our voices heard at the ballot box, we can all help expand and improve public transit options in more communities nationwide.