On bus routes that Boulder County currently invests in, 10% of commuters would not be able to maintain their employment without access to these transit services.
Transportation is a basic economic need. Households making $54K per year spend 22% of their household income on transportation, 7% more than recommended. Affordable transportation frees up money to be spent on other family priorities.
The Community Food Share of Boulder conducted a survey of their clients and found that “72% of households report choosing between paying for food and paying for transportation or gas for a car at least once in the past 12 months; 43 percent face this choice every month."
Why it Matters
Since Ride Free Longmont launched, bus ridership has tripled in Longmont and is providing important mobility benefits.
Four Bus-then-Bike shelters were completed to make it easier and safer for residents to use multiple modes of transit.
The national average annual cost of automobile ownership is $8,500 or more: this amount is simply not an option for the 40,000 county residents living at or below the poverty line. A bicycle and education provides residents with the opportunity for a safe, reliable and environmentally sustainable mode of transportation.