Why Public Transit is Important
The Arts + Entertainment District is built upon several key pillars that identify our presence to the community: entertainment, film, job creation, and transit. The last one being closest to home in our neighborhood. A big conversation across the city is public transportation and its role in our city’s future but to us, having the Schoolboard Station metromover right in the heart of the neighborhood plays a key role in strengthening our city’s identity.
First and foremost, it helps emphasize an active lifestyle. Locals and tourists who actively make the effort to ride public transportation over more the more convenient ride-sharing options or using their own cars are more likely to get physically connected to their city. Their consciousness is built upon walking distance and they become well acquainted with their neighborhood landscape by familiarizing themselves with their surroundings.
It connects people to fellow people in their own backyard. When consistently riding public transportation, we get used to the idea that we’re living parallel lives with others in the same city, equally affected by the way that very city is growing. It reminds them they’re not alone and gets them used to the idea of being around other people, turning strangers into those whose experiences are shared even if for the length of a commute.
Finally, it gives riders access to the entire city, helping them uncover what culture and new places they can find along the way. This helps them get a physical lay of the land by staying connected to all the things that define their city, understanding what makes each neighborhood and area so unique. It goes without saying that they’re also collectively helping the local economy and ecosystem while they’re at it.