We convened on Wednesday, August 24th, for a special episode of CoMotion LIVE! Supported by Transloc, this session was highly interactive where the audience weighed in on the challenges that students face in accessing affordable transit and services.
Many college students lack reliable means of transportation. The vast majority of U.S. college students commute to school, but when affordable and accessible transportation options are not available, it can become very difficult or impossible for some to attend class — and also difficult to travel to their place of work, grocery store or community center. In this interactive and engaging discussion, we’ll get into questions surrounding the relationship between municipal transit, private transit operators and universities, and how collaboration between these entities can lead to better service for all college students looking to get to campus and other essential destinations. We’ll also talk about gender equity issues in university transit relating to safety, as well as touching on new funding sources for universities to advance their transportation systems.
We were joined for this discussion by Tyler Dewey, Alternative Transportation Lead, Duke University; Heather Hume, Director of Transition, Fare Transformation, Boston MBTA; Ashley Schultz, Manager of Project Implementations, TransLoc; Cecily Zhu, Sustainable Transportation Program Manager, Penn State University; and Austin Stanion, Manager of Solutions Engineering, TransLoc as moderator.