About the Problem
Students come to Chaffey for an education from all over the Inland Empire. In recent years, cars have become an unrealistic purchase for most, leaving a large portion of the student community to rely on carpooling, , and public transportation to get torideshares school. Rideshares often end up being to costly, and carpooling is not always an option. That would leave public transportation, but for many, it is much too long. Taking the bus from Riverside to Chaffey results in a 3 hour ride.
We identified the problem through personal experience, as well as fellow classmates who take the bus. City Hall planning committees in Jurupa Valley have also addressed the issue of public transit as a whole. Urban planning students at UCSD (formerly Inland Empire residents) have given us their thoughts on how to address the problem. We also asked our community through surveys what their views on public transit was, and how they felt it could improve.
Those who are affected by this problem the most are College students and the elderly (65+). The main demographic we surveyed were students age 15 - 24. Students, while able to drive, may not be able to afford a car.
The problem occurs every time somebody needs to get somewhere without the use of a car or rideshare.
The problem has been going on for a long time. Modern America as a whole was built on a car dependent structure, with public transit not at the top of the priority list.
Many people have to further break up their schedule to meet with the transit schedules. With severe temperature changes becoming more common, most people do not want to wait outside. Many bus stops do not have shelter for protection.
Transportation is a big problem in our community. In our survey, while only a quarter use public transit daily, roughly 55% of participants want to see more attention brought to this problem. People avoid it because of its problems, and want it fixed
In terms of specific regions, our survey concluded a majority of bus riders we surveyed came from Jurupa Valley, at 66 percent. The next largest group come from Riverside. Fontana ended up being on the lower end.
Stakeholders wanting the problem to be fixed would be students, elderly citizens, citizens without the means for a car, cities, colleges, businesses located near bus stops, and the drivers working the bus.
Here is a video going into a brief review of some of the answers we have gathered from the community. https://youtu.be/Njo0XOUH750?si=z8ggS9V_3bIE_kf- Here is a transcript of the video as well: Hi! We are team orange, and today we would like to talk to you about public transit within our communities. Many people ride the bus everyday, and a large percentage of these riders are students. People come to community college from all over the inland empire, and due to the rise in cost of transportation, not everyone can afford to buy a car. This means many students have begun to use buses more. Sometimes these bus rides can last up to 3 hrs simply going from a student's home to school. Some might say to use carpooling or ridesharing, as they would definitely be quicker and more efficient, but these can be very unrealistic and expensive at times. We asked our community to choose their main concerns around taking public transportation. Many stated it was simply too time consuming. The bus stops are too far away, and the unreliability of the buses arriving on time made it a worse experience. 56 percent of participants claimed they had concerns about safety on the bus, and another 30 percent claimed their main concern was cleanliness of the bus interior. Despite their reasons for avoiding the bus, many acknowledged its benefits to society by being much more affordable than a car, and improving mobility to those who cannot drive (for medical reasons or otherwise). 100 percent of the test group agreed we should spend more money to better improve public transportation. With the help of the community, we can do our best to bring better public transportation to our area. Feel free to email us here at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org