Wendy Resnick: Improve RTS bus stops, service

Transportation touches everything in our modern lives. Lack of transportation impacts jobs, housing, families, education, day care, health access, food access, social opportunities, household economics, community engagement and safety. Lack of access to transportation lengthens and/or limits the pathways out of poverty.

According to the Pew Charitable trusts, households in poverty devote more of their household budget to transportation. The cost of a car, fuel, insurance, maintenance and repair is out of reach for many families. Lack of transportation alternatives lead to social isolation and contribute to community inequity and the inability to access services (health care, grocery stores, etc.). Lack of access to reliable transportation limits access to jobs that can lift individuals and families out of the daily struggles of poverty.

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