Transit Stories” is a series of real-life experiences with public transit in the U.S. We feature the first-hand experience of public transit riders. From large cities to small towns, we will document the experiences of the millions of users of busses, trains, ferries, and other forms of public transit in the US.

Public transit is essential to our communities, to cooling the planet, to advancing equity.

Transit is essential to our very lives. This year there is a unique opportunity for the country to make a historic investment in public transit funding to help the country build back better.

Transit Stories: Andrea Miranda

District of Columbia: Community Health Manager I am Andrea Miranda, Community Health Outreach Manager at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. I lead our Community Health initiatives and programs and address the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) needs our community faces every day. Transportation is a common barrier our patients face on a daily basis. Our patients rely on various modes of transit to get to their doctors appointments, surgeries, follow ups, screenings as well as community clinics, grocery stores, and recreation centers. Barriers to transportation directly Impact the health outcomes of the community. Our team of Community Health Advocates work with these high need patients to address their social barriers every day and have shared the qualms of the community.  Many patients especially the elderly, must have reliable transportation options available to them. This population is at higher risk of falls, chronic disease and therefore the access to care is pertinent. Our team was working with a patient who was in her 80s who had multiple health issues and was having difficulty getting to and from appointments. Our team was able to set up a ride and helped her apply for Metro access to get to her healthcare appointments, but she


Transit Stories: Judy Wang

New York, NY: Riders Alliance My name is Judy Wang, and I live in Fresh Meadows, Queens. Investing in good pubilc transit is a cause that is close to my heart, one that has made a significant impact on my family’s life, and one that is essential to millions of New Yorkers who rely every day on buses and subways to get them where they need to go. And that is the need for frequent, reliable, and affordable public transit. I use buses every day to take me to work, to job interviews, and appointments. My neighborhood has very limited subway access and is primarily served by buses. Unfortunately, the buses are slow, unreliable, and don’t come frequently enough. All my jobs were in Manhattan, and I had to rely on the Q64 to get me to the nearest train station, then transfer between multiple subway lines to finally get to my destination. The bus I take is always stuck in morning traffic, so an otherwise 15 minute bus ride could balloon to 30-45 minutes instead. The Q64 is also experiencing a driver shortage, so I often had to wait between 20 – 30 minutes for the next bus to


Transit Stories: Stevie Pasamonte

Columbus, OH: Move OH My name is Stevie Pasamonte, and my family and I have relied on public transit since we immigrated to the United States from the Philippines in 1992. Over thirty years later, my mother, my sister, and I all live in Columbus, Ohio. I moved here in 2009 for school, and my family followed me a couple years later so that we could remain close to one another. Let me tell you a little about the three of us:  My mother is a disabled war veteran. She joined the U.S. Military when I was a teenager in an effort to provide for our family, earn college funding for her children, and gain U.S. citizenship. As a result of injuries sustained during her service, she has a lot of difficulty with mobility. She uses the COTA bus to visit my sister and me during the week, often stopping by to make me lunch while I’m busy with work. While she only lives five miles from me, it takes her 45 minutes to get to my home by bus.  My sister lives closer to my mom—only three and a half miles away. But when my mom visits my sister, it


Transit Stories: Ms. Teaira Collins

Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburghers for Public Transit I lived my whole life in Pittsburgh and have raised five children here. I grew up in my grandmother’s home, and she was a big influence on me. My godfather was Bishop Gamble, who was the pastor of The Covenant Whosoever Will Church of God in Christ. They both taught me that ‘a life in service to others is a life worth living. Being able to hop on a bus and get around town is incredibly important to me. I’ve been catching the bus since I was seven years old. I used to buy a ‘weekend pass’ that only cost $3 at that time. That allowed me to travel all around the city, so I could visit my friends and my extended family.  Nowadays, I use the bus for everything…to go to work, to go to school, and to go with my youngest son, Judah, for his doctor’s appointments. Judah has Down Syndrome. Getting to those appointments are really important for his overall health. I’ve worked at a number of jobs that have ranged from the VA Hospital, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, the Pittsburgh Gazette, and McDonalds. I now work in home health care and


Transit Stories: Martha Escobedo

Los Angeles, CA Bus Rider My name is Martha Escobedo. I’m a mom to two wonderful daughters and work as a caregiver in Los Angeles. I’m involved with a number of non-profit organizations and have been a volunteer with MOVE LA for the past six years. I always tell Eli and Marisa from MOVE LA whenever they need a volunteer, just tell me, and I’ll go.  Right now, for work, I’m assisting my friend’s mom, who has Alzheimer’s. I have been taking care of her for about one year. I work the graveyard shift and am at her house from 7 pm to 11 am. I can get back and forth from my place to hers by riding both the metro and the bus. I really love to walk and take the bus. I had a stroke, which meant I had to stop driving. I rely on the bus every single day to get me around town. Public transit makes a huge difference in my life.  One of the things that I wish Metro would do a better job of is advertising programs that help families get around town. They have a really important program called the LIFE program, which


Transit Stories: Will Tung

(He/Him) | Philadelphia, PA My name is William Tung or Will, which I usually go by. I live in Southwest Philadelphia in a neighborhood called Kingsessing and it is mostly serviced by trolleys. I have a trolley line that passes a block away from my house and goes straight to Center City.  I occasionally use transit to get to work as a fire lieutenant in Center City. The trolley is especially important on days where the snow is too high in the Winter season. I love the trolley system. I like that I have a way to get to work even in terrible weather in times when the streets are impassable. It’s extremely convenient and one of the big reasons my family and I moved to this neighborhood.  We moved to Philly from Brooklyn, New York. We’re so used to riding the NYC transit system. It’s very robust and will take you anywhere. It has its flaws but the subway goes everywhere and everybody takes it. When we moved to Philadelphia, we wanted a place that had that same ability and feature. We specifically looked at places that were served by transit. We didn’t want to be completely dependent on