My Drive to Improve Access to Transportation

One of the issues I’m very passionate about is accessible transportation in, around, and out of Spruce Grove.

There is a strong connection between transportation and mental health — without access to public transportation, patients have less resources as they are unable to get to the services (medication pickup, doctor visits, therapist appointments) they need. Additionally, everyone’s mental health, not just those in care programs, is improved with a robust transit system. Can you imagine not being able to get to a job you loved because it’s too far to walk and no bus goes to that location? How many gatherings with friends and family would you miss? Not being able to go beyond your neighbourhood — and therefore missing out on parks, festivals, events, attractions, or educational opportunities — can contribute to depression and stress. Public transportation helps everyone — commuters, families, students, senior citizens, persons with disabilities — maintain a high level of transportation independence.

Investing in public transportation is good for business. Public transportation not only helps to maintain and create jobs, it also moves people to and from their jobs. Businesses located near public transportation experience more employee reliability and less absenteeism and turnover. Accessible transportation allows shoppers to travel to more businesses and frequent them more often in a larger area.

Automobile expenses can be considerable and for some people on a limited income, owning and operating an automobile is out of reach. Public transportation use lowers household expenses and frees up more income for other needs.

Spruce Grove’s rapid growth has meant more and more vehicles crowd the city’s roadways. At certain times of the day, there is an increased volume of traffic and the frustrations with not being able to get around in a timely manner can have a negative effect on our quality of life. Public transportation fosters a more active lifestyle, encouraging people to walk, bike, and jog to transit stops.

It was a great addition to our community when the commuter bus system arrived, but I know we are not done yet. There is still a need for improved transportation for Spruce Grove residents so that everyone has an equal opportunity to get to meaningful work, socialization, non-emergency medical assistance, and access to important services and life-sustaining items like food.

Investing in public transportation generates significant mental health, economic, social, and physical health benefits that positively impact the quality of life for our residents. Expanding public transportation in Spruce Grove will keep us moving in the right direction by offering choice, freedom, mobility and opportunity.

On October 18, 2021 your vote for JAN GILLETT will continue to drive solutions for accessible transportation in our community!

 

For information on CoSG Transit Spruce Grove Transit - City of Spruce Grove

Tri-Municipal Transit Plan - Tri-Municipal-Regional-Transit-Plan-Executive-Summary---FINAL-2.pdf (parklandcounty.com)

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