Each one of the more than 20 million Americans in college and trade programs this fall are changing their lives through new knowledge, skills, and experiences. Changed lives means transformed communities. Public transit is a big part of making that transformation possible.
Students from Dallas to Champaign or Knoxville to Seattle and thousands of other communities across the country enjoy affordable, safe, and reliable access to colleges and professional schools because public transit gets them there. Even better, many local public transit systems offer free or reduced fares to college and trade school students.
Investing in public transit means investing in educational and career opportunities for millions of Americans. It means helping veterans get back into the workforce when they finish their service; making it possible for single parents to increase their earning potential while juggling kids and multiple jobs; cutting down on the need for commuter students to face traffic and pay for car maintenance, insurance, and parking every day; and bringing more qualified workers into job fields like nursing and high-tech that are struggling to fill positions.
Thousands of times a day public transit is taking people to places where their lives will be changed and where they will change lives—and entire communities—for the better. That’s a pretty powerful reason why public transportation benefits all of us, even if we don’t ride ourselves.
Voices for Public Transit is a community of people passionate about bringing public transit to more communities and improving transportation for all Americans. We know public transit is as important to our future as education itself. Help us tell that story. Share your experience or what you see happening in your community on the Voices for Public Transit website, Facebook page or Twitter feed.