Rai Quintero, Dalia Ayala, Julio Munoz, Herminia Garcia
What type of transportation do you use to get to AWC San Luis Learning Center on a daily basis? Do you walk, ride a bike, or drive your own car? Depending on where students live, they choose their most convenient transportation. Most college students depend on the transportation that the town offers, such as a bus or a taxi. We’ll take a look on how local transportation affects its citizens especially the Arizona Western College students in general. Every town has local buses and taxis that offer transportation, but in the town of San Luis the bus transportation has become a major way to help those who don’t have the luxury of a car. Yuma County Area Transit (YCAT) has become the primary and most beneficial transportation for AWC students.
Students usually buy a car when they start college in order to use as transportation to school. In some cases, buying a car is just not affordable to our budget. A bike, for example, is a way more affordable and easy to access. There is no need to spend for gas, tires, maintenance or even buy the car. One way to transport to AWC San Luis Learning Center, is simply a bike. A bike is a way cheaper way to transport. There are some advantages for riding a bike to school, especially college which is a busier institution for any college student. Riding a bike is very safe here in the city of San Luis, Arizona because there is not much of traffic and the city provides safe sidewalks. The only downside is the intense hot weather during the day that we experiences here in San Luis Arizona.
Taxicabs are everywhere in the town of San Luis, they drive by neighborhoods and school campuses just in case there are students who need a ride. For example, if 5 students go to AWC then the taxi only chargers $1 for each student, this is very cheap and affordable. You spend up to $5 a week if you use a taxi and other students use it as well only to get almost a free transportation to AWC San Luis campus. Even though this sounds like a good idea, no one assures you that there will be more students who go to the same destination as you.
There are so many ways to transport to AWC San Luis Learning Center, but one of the most useful bus transportation that the community of San Luis has is the Yuma County Area Transit (YCAT). The YCAT is not only for students, but also teachers, faculty or anyone who is part in Arizona Western College. Students who have scholarships are provided with a sticker that is used to ride the YCAT for free. The rest of the students or faculty have to buy a sticker in the AWC Main Campus for a fee of $5.00 per semester to have the advantages of YCAT transportation. YCAT busses provide free wireless Internet access. Using your Wi-Fi enabled device, such as a laptop and cell phone you’re able to send e-mail, surf the Web, or download files from the comfort of your seat while you commute to and from college. Kathia Sotelo a student in AWC has a semester riding the YCAT to transport to San Luis Center, “What I find most beneficial it’s the way for me to get to school and back and I do consider it the best form of public transportation”.
The YCAT provides about 8 stops around our town in San Luis, Arizona. Not only does it have stops around town but it also has a stop near the border from Mexico. This is useful for students that go to Mexico and come back and don’t have a ride to AWC campus in San Luis, Arizona. YCAT, as any transportation company has an hourly route schedule. YCAT is an affordable and useful transportation for students at AWC San Luis campus. According to Alan Sanchez a AWC Faculty member shared, “It’s a give and take, I like the fact that I don’t have to drive myself and hopefully nap while taking the YCAT, but the idea of not having a set schedule is also very attractive. All in all I would say it’s a 50-50 decision”.
There are many commutes that students take to assist to Arizona Western College San Luis Learning Center, such as, riding a bike, taxicabs, buses, or their own car. The choice for taking transportation depends on each student’s most convenient way. Commutes for students have to be ideal, because it is a daily thing to obtain for the school year. Transportation has to be comfortable, safe, and affordable for AWC’s students and faculty. From all of the commutes available to transport to AWC San Luis Learning Center, Yuma County Area Transit is the best and most beneficial according to AWC students and faculty at AWC San Luis Learning Center.