Transit discounts for the poor urged at gathering of the faithful - San Jose Mercury News: ""Transportation is at the center of opportunity," Hietala said.
PACT's strict format, in which politicians are asked to commit to the group's agenda with a clear yes or no, sometimes produces a lot of tension, but Sunday's meeting ended with the officials and group agreeing the discounted rates are a good idea, even if finding the money would be difficult.
Monica Kessling, a German immigrant who lives in San Jose, told the group of accidentally cutting her finger and, after a trip to a hospital emergency room, walking two hours to a homeless shelter because she didn't have the money for bus fare.
Today, the 51-year-old Kessling earns about $700 a month cleaning houses and working at a church, but she says the $70 bus pass she relies on to get around takes a big chunk of her disposable income.
"Seventy dollars is a lot of money," she said. "A discount would be helpful.""
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