Common Connections: The Importance of Public Transportation for College Students and Seniors in Massachusetts

Author: MASSPIRG

Publication Date: November 2011

Common Connections highlights the transportation needs of two seemingly disparate groups, and identifies the unique benefits that public transportation provides students, seniors, their families and the Commonwealth as a whole. Students and seniors together make up one out of every five Bay State residents. The number of seniors is projected to dramatically rise in the next thirty years as baby boomers retire, while at the same time, we are struggling to keep college students in Massachusetts when they graduate. Improving our public transportation system would serve to make our state more accessible and livable for both students and seniors.

The report focuses on the need to invest in our regional transit authorities, as these populations make up a large portion of their customer base, and significant funding constraints have forced many RTAs to cut service and raise fares.