We as students want access to more affordable public transportation to “take on our world”

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Here at St. Edward’s University, to get to anything relevant in Austin, other than walking, we rely heavily on public transportation. The Metro Bus is the least expensive and most popular option of transportation. It should be noticed that Austin Community College (ACC) and University of Texas at Austin can ride the buses here with the swipe of their University-issued Identification Cards or vouchers, all free at point of sale. In contrast, St. Edward’s Students cannot. 

Sign the petition to let St. Edward’s Administration know we want access to “take on our world” with the help of convenient public transportation. 

We recognize no students in Austin, ride for “free”, but we too want the advantage of riding the bus for free at point of sale. There are options to help distribute the burden of the cost that will hardly affect the student body’s tuition, if any. We just ask administration to be open minded and willing to cooperate with reasonable student ideas and CapMetro’s team.   

Notably, one of the four major points of emphasis in St. Edward’s Strategic Plan 2022 is focused on enriching St. Edward’s students’ educational experience by deepening the relationship between the university and the Austin community by: 

Engaging and serving the Austin community with greater effect and more visibility.
Cultivating distinctive, local partnerships that enhance our academic experiences and reputation.
Leveraging opportunities in Austin that will enhance the university’s position as a premier private university (https://www.stedwards.edu/about-st-edwards-university/strategic-plan-2022

One key requirement for St. Edward’s University student to truly become connected to and engaged with the Austin Community involves transportation. 

Feel free to contact Lauren Henry (lhenry1@stedwards.edu) for more information and if you’d like to read the research paper that started this initiative. 

Thanks for your support!