SpeakOut!: Tranportation Options Available

SpeakOut!: Tranportation Options Available

By Shira Lewis

Having reliable and affordable transportation can be hard for some people. Many college students don’t own a car and have a difficult time getting to school. 

I am someone that struggled with transportation this Spring 2020 semester.

Initially I decided I would only be taking online classes because I had no one to carpool with and there are no close bus routes in my area. However, I still wanted to continue as a work-study student for the semester. I knew that that would require me to be on campus for 5 days.

During my first week back on campus, I spent over $200 on Lyft rides to and from school for five days.

I felt discouraged.

As a work-study student I realized that I would be spending my earnings quicker than I made them. On my last Lyft ride, I had the biggest indirect confirmation for my concerns. 

“Do you come out here everyday,” said the Lyft driver.

I replied yes.

“Wow, that’s a lot of money. You could rent a car for that much” he said.

When I arrived home that afternoon, I immediately researched online for alternative transportation. 

Thankfully I was able to get Escambia County Community transit to commute me to and from school. 

This transportation includes a partnership with z-trip, which is more convenient for me. With the charge being affordable for two dollars, I felt a sigh of relief. I was then able to attend a later added class and participate in other on campus activities while being a work-study student.

For those that are having transportation issues while in school, there are other resources for you. You can call 850-595-3228 for more information on the Escambia County Community transit.

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