Advancing Transportation Solutions for Community College Students

Advancing Transportation Solutions for Community College Students

Transportation is a significant barrier facing #RealCollege students. In 2020–21, the average commuter student could expect to spend nearly one-fifth of their total living expenses on transportation costs. Transportation is especially crucial for community college students, nearly all of whom commute. While 28% of community colleges nationwide offer on-campus housing, only 1% of community college students reside on campus. 

This project will build a rigorous body of evidence on the efficacy of transportation supports in diverse locations. Specifically, we will evaluate the ways in which the two items below support students and their needs for successful academic careers:

  1. A discounted “U-Pass” for community college students at Rio Hondo College in Los Angeles
  2. Free unlimited Metrocards for students enrolled at the City University of New York

Partners include the Borough of Manhattan Community College, Hostos Community College, Rio Hondo College, and their local transit partners.

This effort is supported by The Kresge Foundation and the Heckscher Foundation for Children. Our colleagues at DVP-PRAXIS and Rise are also lending their expertise to the research effort.

Research and Resources from this project*:

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We are grateful to funding from The Kresge Foundation and the Heckscher Foundation for Children and to our project partners at DVP-PRAXIS and Rise for making this work possible

*This page will be updated as new information is released.