Scholar survey aims to tackle public transportation needs on Delmarva

DELMARVA – Students in Salisbury University’s Presidential Citizen Scholars Program have been developing a strategy to tackle the public transportation issue on the shore and they’re doing so with a survey.

The program allows students from all disciplines a chance to engage in community building in the hopes of them becoming leaders in society. This project includes six students who’ve created a survey open to residents in Kent and Sussex County Delaware and Wicomico and Somerset County in Maryland.

The goal is to get more public transportation needs met on the shore, identifying many of the inequities. “Their hope specifically is to have data to share out with the city, with the community, Maryland Department of Transportation, DELDOT,” PACE Lecturer & Director of Presidential Citizens Scholars Program Ryan Weaver said.

“We had a lot of inconsistencies when it comes to bus and trolly routes, there’s no existence of a passenger train route. While we do have Uber, Lyft and some taxi options those aren’t financially viable for the entirety of the Salisbury community,” Scholar Andrew Wilson said.

“We also would like a train to go to princess Anne for students from UMES if they have travel issues getting up back to Wilmington and Philly. They’ll have that line of transportation,” Scholar Zakera Banks said.

Now the focus isn’t just on high-speed railing, but all forms of transportation from bikes to scooters.

Scholars tell 47ABC,  public transportation and the needs that accommodate it stretch much further than just getting from point A to point B. They say tackling this issue can open up the door to solutions for other economic barriers. “Lack of public transportation denies a lot of communities economic and educational opportunities because they otherwise don’t have a means to transport themselves to a wider range of jobs or a wider range of education opportunities,” Wilson said.

“Those people don’t have transportation, the jobs or even education to move forward. We want to get into those areas because they may not even have the technology to take this survey,” Banks said.

In an effort to reach a broader audience, the survey is also available in Spanish and Creole to reach out to more groups so their voices can be heard. At the end of the semester, scholars will present their findings at the PACE showcase on April 28th.

This effort wasn’t done singlehandedly, as the scholar program has partnered with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and the City of Salisbury with support from the Mayor’s office.

To access that survey, click one of the links below:

English

Spanish

Creole

 

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