Public transportation has been a critical part of my life since 7th grade. I first started taking the bus (Houston Metro) to get home from summer school. Soon, I was taking the city bus to get home from school each day. During college and for a few months afterward in the Bay Area, I used Caltrain, BART, and VTA to get places. Now in Madison, I've relied on Madison Metro for 8 and a half years to get to and from work and around town.
I could choose to buy and drive a car everywhere, but why should I have to? Countless others don't even have this choice because they can't afford to own a car or may have disabilities that prevent them from driving. Public transportation in this country can be unreliable and useless in that it doesn't connect people to where they want to go or takes too long to be practical. Owning a car shouldn't be a requirement in this country to live a rich, meaningful life.
But it's not just about cars vs buses and trains. America also doesn't invest enough in other methods of transportation like making sure cities are walkable and bikable. We need an all-of-the-above approach. I've been working with the transportation team for the past 2 years to advocate for policies that ensure our transportation system is equitable to all and doesn't disadvantage anyone from participating in society.
Besides the transportation team, we have several other groups working to:
• Protect our land, water, and air – from our backyards to the northwoods.
• Make the outdoors accessible for all of us.
• Advocate for the transition to clean energy.
Your donation helps me and Sierra Club make this better future possible. I hope you'll join us on board!
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