National Day of Courage… Plus Ridership & Economy…. and Save With Bus Passes

National Day of Courage

A seat on a city bus played an unforgettable role in American History almost six decades ago in Montgomery, Alabama. Rosa Parks was a 42-year-old African American woman who worked as a seamstress and inspired a social movement when she refused to give up her seat to a white man while riding on that city bus.
In her memory, the Henry Ford in Dearborn celebrated a National Day of Courage on February 4th (her 100th birthday). To learn more about the event, go to


Rising Transit Ridership Signals Improving Economy

Mobility has always been recognized as an important reason to have a strong public transportation system. Today’s industry leaders are starting to also emphasize transit’s critical connection to the economy.

Michael Melaniphy, president and CEO of the American Public Transportation Association, recently pointed out that for every $1 billion invested in public transportation 36,000 jobs are created and supported. Additionally, public transportation plays an important role in providing access to jobs.

“With seven consecutive quarters of ridership increases, it’s obvious that public demand for public transit is growing,” he observed in response to a study released by his organization late last year. That same study also showed how there were 201 million more trips during the first nine months of 2012 than the same period in 2011.

“As Congress works to resolve our country’s deficit problem, it also needs to work to resolve the transportation deficit… (or) public transit and highway funding will be facing an annual $15 billion shortfall in the next 10 years,” he added.

“We continue to see that in areas where the local economy is improving and new jobs are being added, public transportation ridership is up. This makes sense since nearly 60 percent of all trips taken on public transportation are for work commutes. Public transit service is an important resource for employees and employers as it is instrumental in helping people travel to their jobs.”

Save More With Monthly Bus Passes

Now that we’re several weeks into the new year, your family may be looking for more ways to be thrifty and meet cost-saving resolutions. If your plan includes riding the bus, Blue Water Area Transit may be able to help you save a few extra dollars.
Do the Math…
Let’s say you budgeted $1.50 a day for round-trip work travel, adding up to $30 for the month’s 20 estimated work days. You can lower your cost even more by buying a $25 pass that’s good for unlimited rides for the month. Purchase passes at:
— BWAT Headquarters (2021 Lapeer Road, PH, Mon-Fri, 8-5),
— St. Clair County FIA offices (220 Fort Street, PH, 8-5), or
— Eastern Michigan Bank (600 Water Street, PH, 8:30 – 5:00, M-Th; 8:30-6:00, Fri; and 9-1, Sat).

About Jim Wilson

Jim Wilson is General Manager at Blue Water Area Transit
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