Bus tour highlights transportation issues in the city

Published: Aug. 24, 2016 at 2:02 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 24, 2016 at 9:51 AM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Studies show transportation and commuting times are among the strongest factors in the odds of escaping poverty.

According to a group called Homeless No More, transportation issues top the list of areas needed for improvement in the community.

On Tuesday, members from that group and other organizations got a first-hand look at the bus system through a Collaboration Bus tour. The president of the organization said it was eye opening to see just how difficult it can be for a person who doesn't own a car to get from point A to point B.

"We have to help out families maneuver the public transportation center," said Lila Anna Sauls, president of Homeless No More. "They have to get to work. They have to go to school. And we've never done it. We don't know it takes them an hour and a half to go what takes us ten minutes in our car."

The group said its goal is to bring the community together so changes can be made.

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