The Need for Public Transportation at Lone-Star North Harris
Often faced with increasingly growing population which exceed or meet capacity, Lone-Star North Harris understand how big a role transportation plays in campus sustainability. Many students having personal vehicles have turned the issues of the availability of parking and traffic congestion into serious problems instead of minor inconveniences. Nonetheless, like any operation of city transit, some challenges finally lead to the determination of what Lone-Star North Harris University can provide. Lone-Star North University needs to develop a plan for transportation which helps in the reduction of the individual travels. It is convenient and appeals to the campus community (Litman 25). Public transportation is affordable for the students while still offers sufficient revenue for the maintenance of operations. For a lot of students in the campus, regardless of setting, transportation always presents significant barriers. The buying of shuttles, partnering with ride-sharing services and the extensions of the bus lines are some solutions which the leaders of the university need to look into when it comes to helping their students reach campuses. Undertaking public transportation and the provision of transit to students as an organization brings about many challenges. The environment makes even the challenge for the provision of public transportation in the institution very unique. At the same time, the advantages associated with public transportation are more than the negatives for both the agencies and the students. Public transportation offers a viable solution for students, where they can get around and onto campuses effectively.
Students in Lone-Star College are increasingly feeling financially burdened by the increased tuition fees and related college expenses. The costs of transportation is an area where the students can possibly save much. Recent survey by the American Public Transportation Association claimed that the Americans in main cities save almost $10,000 yearly from using mass transit and not driving. These important savings for the users of public transpiration do not come as a surprise due to the costs connected with driving (American Public Transportation Association 2014). Alongside the expenses associated with buying a car, people are expected to cover associated costs such as gas and parking, insurance, maintenance and licensing. The parking and gas is very pricey in the campus, and the parking always comes at premium prices. These spaces are often rare, and students in the university often acquire them only through the lottery system. The college students living in or near the campus are uniquely positioned in enjoying the benefits associated with public transportation, provided the centralized location where many of the activities happen. At times, it becomes time consuming and costly in locating and paying for the parking in the vicinity of the campus. However, the college frequently has the free student transit alternatives which give the students the chance for getting to and from different facilities. Navigating oneself around the campus using public transportation is very much cost effective compared to opting for a car and the connected costs. Frequently, Lone-North University subsidizes the mass transit expenses to give students the chance of enjoying unlimited travel on the buses for a small fee, and at times free of charge.
The advantages of public transportation are not only restricted to saving on parking, gas and associated costs. Public transportation also helps in saving on time, mainly in areas where rail surface or the travel lanes reduce the amount of time spent in commuting. Even when the mass transit fails in reducing the time than commuting by car, the students who leave driving to another person can finish their homework earlier. This helps in saving time in the schedules of the students who do activities which are at times regarded as challenging to finalize. In our school, there are many cases of delays by students, during lessons and even examination time. Lecturers have lodged complaints to the school’s governing body about the increased numbers of the students’ absenteeism. This has led to reduced class attendance and has had a toll on the students’ performances. Apparently, this can change when the university introduces the mass transportation systems. Using the public transport system means that the students are not capable of missing the bus. If one misses the bus, he or she can find another which helps in saving their time. Public transportation helps in boosting GPA and reducing the extent of absenteeism. An example which the Lone-Star Harris University can borrow from is the Metro Transit in Minneapolis/St. Paul’s pilot program. After this program, it was observed that the pass users had truancy rates of 23%, which was lower compared to those who did not use public transport (Clark 193). They also had grade points which were higher than the averages by 0.28. The same is applicable for the Lone-Star Harris when applied, because it can lead to significant benefits as those witnessed in Minneapolis.
The need for public transportation in the learning institution is connected to the idea of safety and is less-economical. A student could spend at least a dollar or even less when going to and coming from school. This is little compared to the costs associated with the maintenance and fuelling a car. Any car, for a student, would accrue costs worth a thousand dollars. By focusing on keeping costs at a minimum, public transportation is the means to resort to. An important benefit associated with using public transportation is the safety compared to when one drives himself or herself. Given that trains are on their own rails, there are minimal chances of getting caught up in traffic. Victims involved in car accidents have higher chances of suffering injuries such as whiplash, and they could even suffer from and succumb to serious brain trauma. While there are higher chances of one crashing when driving in a bus, there are lower chances for one if he or she was in the vehicle. Finding mass transit which fits into one’s schedule helps with time management. Students are better placed in prioritizing their time since they are forced into sticking with the train or bus schedule. Students have more inclination of catching up on studies or assignments. The development of skills of time management has long-lasting impacts which improve the success of the school, quality of life and performances. The users of public transportation are more fit and healthy. It promotes the daily physical activity from its use (Wasfi et al. 18).
Fare-free passes have increasingly become popular in the universities across America because of the effectiveness and ease in encouraging new riders. Also known as the universal access, this kind of program gives members of the target group the chance of riding any bus in the university free of chance. Fees are often charged for each student as part of the tuition, and it is the same to the student association fee or the health center. Through showing valid student identification cards, access to every transit bus is made available in the whole school year or the semester. The benefits associated with this system is that it offers significant help to every involved party. The transportation system gets money from the students who do not use the services, and those who take advantage of the system. An example which Lone-Star Harris can copy from is the program introduced by the University of South Florida (USF) after it introduced the U-Pass Program (Dalton et al. 145). This program provided students with unrestricted access to bus services in the campus and the whole nation through the use of the local transit authority. Funding came from the revenues received in parking, student transit access fee, and charter business. This type of program can be useful for our school as it will help in the provision of more access and the removal of more barriers.
The provision of the transit system is critical for the students as it could help in the reduction of traffic congestion, improvement of the water and air quality, and contributions to improvement of the roads. Different parking alternatives are provided to the students to give them alternatives on ways of spending their money. The reduction of the demands for parking and less traffic congestion are the two most important aspects when considering public transportation for students in the college. Those who have taken part in the operations in university transit have ascertained that fostering relationships with authorities and the developers in the campus is crucial to the success of their departments (Cervero 48). Becoming active in the university and city planning eases the smooth running of operations and helps in serving students’ needs. Working together helps in the improvement of the project flow since each person reaches an agreement on the goal and implementation of the plan. As a means of increasing the use of habits of transit for the young riders, transit agencies need to have enough initiatives for the market. It is important for Lone-Star North Harris to introduce public means of transportation to ensure it improves the attendance of classes and the overall performance of students. They will be better placed to manage their time effectively and save on related costs associated with fuel, gas and traffic congestion.
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