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Importance of transportation for the elderly/disabled/non-drivers

September 04, 20XX

Dear ___________,

I am a constituent who lives in your city/ district at ___________________. I'm writing to you today to encourage you to look into ways of increasing the scope of public transportation in our region.

Many of us in Tarrant County rarely think about public transportation, as car-centric as we are. And, while we may feel that we don’t need it, there are significant portions of our population that do. It is hard for us to imagine that someone can’t just hop into a car and go about their business, but there are many people for whom driving is not a feasible option. Many elderly, disabled, and injured people, and people with vision deficits cannot drive. With the aging of the Baby Boomer generation, the number of those who cannot drive will only increase. Not being able to drive oneself in a car-centric region often leads to social isolation, with all the dangers that accompany it. People who cannot drive, especially the elderly and disabled, are less likely to go to the doctor, run necessary errands, visit family, or build social connections within their community. This situation can lead to serious health concerns for the non-driver – those who are socially isolated have a much higher risk of early death. A frequent, functioning and inclusive public transit system would go a long way towards solving these issues by providing an efficient and cost-effective solution for non-drivers – of whom there are many more than one might imagine.




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