Voices for Public Transit is celebrating our third birthday all month!
Our community launched in July 2013 to bring attention to the need to improve and expand America’s public transportation network. Last year, we hit two major milestones:
- Our nationwide membership reached 200,000
- Your actions helped propel the FAST Act to passage
What’s especially great about our community is how diverse we are. Public transportation benefits everyone, and our membership proves it — with folks from large cities and small towns, young people and older Americans, riders and non-riders all working together to support public transit.
Your Stories Show the Value of Public Transit
Our birthday celebration is a celebration of you — our members! With that in mind, here are just a few stories that we’ve heard from Voices for Public Transit advocates that highlight the value of public transportation.
Public Transportation Helps Us…
Connect with Our Communities
Riding the [Boston] “T” has not only saved me more money than I can count, it has also meant new friends, a healthier way of life, and helped me realize how lucky I am to be living in a state with strong support for public transportation.
— Adam T., Massachusetts
The local bus gets me where I need to go, when I need to get there - but it does a lot more. Many lasting friendships started with riding together.
— Ken D., New York
Thanks to my town’s public transit, I can put my bike on the bus and get anywhere I need to go. As a school teacher, I can’t afford to spend $10k a year on a car. It has been completely life changing to me to live in a town with public transit so that I don't have to own a car. It is completely liberating!
— Mary M., South Carolina
I'm on a fixed income, and I cannot afford the expense of a personal vehicle, as much as I'd love to have an economical car again. So, I rely on my local bus system. I'm thankful to have public transportation in my area.
— Dawn F., Pennsylvania
My son is blind and uses public transportation to get to work, church, entertainment and shopping. This is important for so many reasons.
— Marcia M., Texas
Due to a visual impairment, I cannot drive a car. Therefore, I'd be unemployed with no income if it weren't for public transit to get me back and forth to my two part-time jobs.
— Darrel F., Illinois
I have severe anxiety, ADHD, Asperger’s, and therefore take a lot of medication for those conditions. As a result, I cannot drive because it would be too dangerous for both me as well as people around me…. Using public transportation helps me with my independence and my life as a whole.
— Christopher C., Texas
I'm a female disabled vet. I have no working car. Without public transit I would not be able to get to medical care, or to my part-time work, or to see my friends. Public transit is my lifeline.
— Karen D., California
Get to School and Work
I'm a single mom on disability going to college on my own and supporting a teenage girl on my own so I need the bus to get to school and home. If I didn't have the bus, I couldn't go back to school.
— Jennifer S., California
Public transit makes it possible for me to reach my office, which is in the suburbs!
— Jeffrey S., Illinois
I don't have a car and can’t afford one. I use the bus to get to work, grocery shop and run my other errands. I moved to Colorado because I was told that you could get anywhere on the bus or light rail, and it’s true.
— Clarice D., Colorado
These are just a small sampling of the many stories we’ve received. Other public transportation supporters highlighted the benefits to our broader economy, the environment, and older Americans.
Help Us Improve
For our third birthday, Voices for Public Transit is making a resolution: We resolve to keep growing and making our community stronger. You can help us improve by taking our Member Survey. It takes just a few minutes to complete and gives you a chance to share what’s important to you and how we can help.