Don’t Raise Cost of Public Transportation to Community College

Riders using their Tap Cards

Target:  Cari Hildebrant, Assistant Director, Community Services at West Los Angeles College

Goal: Demand that community colleges like West Los Angeles College offer students affordable or free transportation to campus.

On top of paying for tuition, textbooks, and other school materials, some community colleges are making students pay out-of-pocket for transportation to their campus. Students around the nation are tired of paying more for their education and in Los Angeles the rising daily costs start before they are even on campus. West Los Angeles College should defend the education their students wish to attain by offering students an affordable or free public transit option.

Students at West Los Angeles College used to be able to pay $20 for a “tap” card that would cover their local transit costs for six months (one semester). At East Los Angeles College, the student tap card was $15. The affordable fares made transportation to campus easy and, just as importantly, helped the environment by encouraging the use of public transportation and lowering car emissions. Since June of 2015, these helpful “tap” programs for the students have been canceled.

The current student price offered by metro is an expensive $36 a month. Not only does this add up to around $200 in public transportation a semester (not including students that have to take multiple buses), but the student discount cards usually arrive late so students have to pay the full transportation price for an extended period of time. Demand that West Los Angeles College offer students an affordable or free public transit option.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Hildebrant,

Students in higher education are fighting rising education costs every semester. Many students opt to go to local community colleges to cut back on even more costs only to find that, unlike many of their peers at other schools, they are still paying out-of-pocket for public transportation to their classes.

While the effort to give students more access to public transportation is to be commended, the students still may not chose to take the bus because even with the student discounts, transportation costs add up to around $200 in public transportation a semester (not including students that take multiple buses). I am demanding that a program like the $20 semester Metro tap card , or a cheaper alternative program, be put in effect immediately. Students who are already fighting to save money should not have to be burdened with an additional $200 per semester towards their already cost-demanding education.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit:  Joe Linton

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