Providing food for DC’s most vulnerable residents is often our first priority when we look for ways to help members of our community. Although avoiding starvation is of primary importance, the sad truth is that food is usually only one of many challenges community members may face. Adequate shelter, medical attention, and basic transportation are all too often included in the list of basic human necessities that are out of reach for many of us.
Our cities are designed with automobiles as the primary mode of transportation in mind, which can make even simple tasks such as getting to work and picking up groceries challenge for some. Transit infrastructure, including the Metro and bus system, can help, but many low-income communities, often located far from dense city centers, are underserved by public transit.
AAA estimates that the average annual cost of car ownership is now close to $9,000, a sometimes inconceivable expense to families and individuals struggling to just to afford food and shelter. Limited access to transportation can make even getting to work a near impossibility, compounding many people’s financial burdens.
There are, however, ways to help reduce the cost of car ownership and increase access to affordable transportation. At Amovens.com, we allow car owners to “sell” seats in their cars to other members of the community in exchange for a small fee to help offset the costs of gas, tolls, parking, insurance and maintenance. Our goal is to help make car ownership more affordable for those who already own a vehicle, while providing affordable access to transportation for those who do not. Many drivers are willing to give others a lift to work for less than the cost of a single ride on the Metro. By making it easier to share limited transportation resources, we hope to make transportation both more accessible and more affordable for those most in need.
Ridesharing is not a complete solution to the transportation needs of vulnerable communities: we still need to provide more access to mass transit and work towards creating sustainable urban centers that do not require ownership of a vehicle to live. These improvements can take time, however, and for many people the need for better transportation options is acute. We hope to able to contribute in a small way to making transportation more accessible.
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