Stigma of riding the bus

We all know it exists – maybe not in Ithaca whose bus system is heavily dependent on Cornell staff and students – but here in Cortland County, there definitely is a stigma to riding the bus.

It’s for people who have no other choice, whether that’s because of economics or a disability. That’s what you hear, whether spoken outright or not. Most people don’t think about taking the bus unless it’s their only option.

Can we change this perception? Should we try?

An interesting article in The Atlantic Cities,  “Race, Class and the Stigma of Riding the Bus in America,” raises the issue and provides some history as to how we got here.

Jan

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