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.