Legislation will Enhance Public Transportation Accessibility for College Students

  • Date: 05/24/2023

Earlier this month, U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), Frederica Wilson (FL-24), and Thomas Kean, Jr., (NJ-07) introduced the PATH to College Act, bipartisan legislation to facilitate partnerships between public transit providers and accredited higher education institutions to enhance public transportation accessibility for college students.

“This bill is not just about ensuring students can reach their campuses – it’s about giving every student a fair shot at success,” said Rep. Kilmer. “This bill recognizes that, for many students, the journey to higher education is often hindered by obstacles like transportation. By addressing these challenges, we’re not only improving public transit, but also empowering students to focus more on their studies and less on their commute.”

“Lack of public transit often acts as a barrier to entry for students looking to enroll in higher education programs, particularly in rural and underserved areas,” said Rep. Fitzpatrick. “My bipartisan PATH to College Act will provide grants to encourage the expansion of public transit options near community college campuses, further expanding accessibility for students across the country. I am grateful to Representatives Kilmer, Kean, and Wilson for leading with me on this effort and look forward to advancing this bill through the House.”

“Providing accessible transit to all students is essential to ensuring education equity,” said Rep. Wilson. “For so many students, unreliable transportation is as a major roadblock to pursuing higher education. The PATH Act will help students get to school and expand access to colleges. As a champion for higher education, I know this legislation will be another critical step toward prioritizing access to education in our country.”

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