WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), along with Congressmen Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Tom Kean, Jr. (NJ-07), and Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (FL-24) introduced the bipartisan Promoting Advancement Through Transit Help (PATH) to College Act. The legislation is endorsed by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT).
“Lack of public transit often acts as a barrier to entry for students looking to enroll in higher education programs, particularly in rural and underserved areas,” said Congressman Fitzpatrick. “My bipartisan PATH to College Act will provide grants to encourage the expansion of public transit options near community college campuses, further expanding accessibility for students across the country. I am grateful to Representatives Kilmer, Kean, and Wilson for leading with me on this effort and look forward to advancing this bill through the House.”
"Education should never be out of reach for any aspiring student. Today, I am proud to help introduce a bill that bridges the gap between ambition and opportunity,” said Congressman Kean, Jr. “By providing public transit grants, we empower students to pursue their dreams without the burden of transportation costs. This can help pave the path to higher education, opening doors wider and unlocking every student’s potential for a brighter future."
“This bill is not just about ensuring students can reach their campuses – it's about giving every student a fair shot at success,” said Congressman Kilmer. “This bill recognizes that, for many students, the journey to higher education is often hindered by obstacles like transportation. By addressing these challenges, we're not only improving public transit, but also empowering students to focus more on their studies and less on their commute.”
“Providing accessible transit to all students is essential to ensuring education equity. For so many students, unreliable transportation is as a major roadblock to pursuing higher education,” said Congresswoman Wilson. “The PATH Act will help students get to school and expand access to colleges. As a champion for higher education, I know this legislation will be another critical step toward prioritizing access to education in our country.”
Read the text of the bill HERE.