Sunday, July 3, 2011

Public Transportation - How you can help -

Public Transportation: There are a number of ways you can become involved in public transportation:

  • Become Familiar with Local Systems - Even if you don't frequently use your local transit system, knowing a little bit about how it works can help you answer questions and assist others who may want to use it.
  • Use It - As more people use public transportation, demand will increase and the level of funding and service will increase.
  • Promote It - Speak positively about public transportation. Buy and display gear and branding of your local transit agency.
  • Write and Talk to Key People - By making known to politicians and local business leaders that you value public transportation, you can help increase the public image of transit systems, and make people more likely to provide support.
  • Start a Parternship with a Transit Agency - If you hold a position of power or influence, you might benefit both a transit agency and your own organization by partnering with them. Examples of partnerships include colleges or universities providing some funding to the transit agency, in exchange for free passes for students, faculty and staff, or influence over the routes and schedules. Some businesses offer a program where one can buy monthly transit passes and have the cost deducted from your paycheck--this generates tax savings.

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