Community Voices Heard's Dutchess County Chapter has played a key role in preventing the City of Poughkeepsie bus system from being eliminated and replaced with the private Dutchess County Loop system operated by First Transit, a transportation company based in Ohio. While CVH members were previously able to prevent the buses from being cut a few years ago, the adopted city budget for 2017 had only allocated funds for the buses until June 30th.
Everyone should have access to transportation regardless of immigration status. In the Hudson Valley region, bus and train access is limited and one must have a car to get around. The problem is if you are undocumented you don’t have a social security number, so, therefore, no way to apply for a drivers license.
Members of Community Voices Heard, particularly in the Lower and Mid-Hudson Valley, are fighting to remove the box on the NY State Identification application that, if removed, would clear a path for those without a social security number to apply for a license.