Often overlooked by many as a service only for the needy, public transportation should be a mobility option everyone should consider. It could change your life. It changed mine.
Growing up, I had the privilege of never worrying about transportation — my parents had cars and I was given a license at 16.
However, after I returned from tertiary school, my parents asked me to ride the local transit system to help my sibling, who is special needs, travel to a success skills class and become independent.
We got up early, crossed Highway 127 in the dark, and boarded a Greenway bus for the community college area. Later in the day, we rode back.
In learning the bus, I came into contact with the bus system’s public relations representative who was friendly and helpful. We connected on social media.
Years later, she reached out to ask if I would be interested in her job. I applied and worked for public transit for several years. I became familiar with the riders of transit — normal folks going places.
I witnessed the bus bring about positive change — people, who might not otherwise meet, made friends on board and asked after each other. It is the literal vehicle to work, food and nutrition, medical necessities, and even recreation.