Advocate for Expanded Bus Access
Transportation accounts for approximately 26% of Duluth’s greenhouse gas emissions. To reduce those emissions, we need to prioritize street design and modes of transportation that put people first like accessible public transportation.
Duluth needs to move towards a clean, carbon-free transportation system that improves the health and livability of our communities. We need a broader transportation system that is not dependent on cars.
Expanding bus service and access will reduce road congestion and travel times. Additionally, with a transportation system that is not dependent on cars, we will see improvements in air quality from less pollution, and less energy and oil consumption. Higher air quality and less dependence on fossil fuels benefit both riders and non-riders alike.
In addition, our current bus system causes problems of inequity. While there is public transit accessibility throughout the Duluth metro area, more bus options run during peak hours during normal morning commutes and evening commutes. But some people work the night shift where the bus, walking, and biking is not always an option. Taking transit from the poorest neighborhoods in Duluth versus the richest should not be a different experience.
Nor should public transit be physically challenging for anyone in Duluth. Our differently abled citizens need access to ensure safe transportation routes.
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