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ASU student liked public transit so much he sold his car

Posted on April 17, 2018 by By Peter Northfelt, Editor Assistant, ASU

Political science junior Ryan Wadding, a Marine Corps veteran, was frustrated with the hassles of driving and parking at ASU so he started taking the light rail and busses with the U-Pass. With no need for a car, he sold it. Photo: Charlie Leight/ASU Now
Political science junior Ryan Wadding, a Marine Corps veteran, was frustrated with the hassles of driving and parking at ASU so he started taking the light rail and busses with the U-Pass. With no need for a car, he sold it. Photo: Charlie Leight/ASU Now

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Political science junior Ryan Wadding's life changed about six months ago when he sold his car.

Wadding, who works at Arizona State University's Pat Tillman Veterans Center doing community and student engagement, is in Barrett, The Honors College and was in the Marine Corps for four years.

“I was using my car to commute and parking in a structure. I paid $720 to park per academic year,” he said. “I also paid for gas, vehicle insurance, registration costs and regular maintenance.”

In Munich last summer, Wadding saw how simple and enjoyable public transit and walking can be. Public transportation is less stressful, more sustainable and gives you an opportunity to get some work done, he said.

He now uses a U-Pass, the light rail and the intercampus shuttle to get to campus.

“Many times (on public transit), I saw things I knew I would have missed in a car. I observed people I rode with and saw into the culture of wherever I was,” Wadding said.

He also saves more than $500 a year. Wadding’s U-Pass costs $200 for the academic year. A summer U-Pass costs $75.

“A U-Pass means that your fare is ready when you are,” said Susan Tierney, Valley Metro communications manager. "Tap (the U-Pass) and ride the train or bus."

In addition to the U-Pass, Wadding also takes the Orbit to campus, a free Tempe neighborhood bus. After he gets off the Orbit, he walks to class and work. For work-related trips, he takes the free intercampus shuttle to other ASU campuses.

“The intercampus shuttles are by far the best way to get to another campus,” he said. “I only take the light rail to the Downtown Phoenix campus or back to Tempe during rush hour.”

ASU provides many opportunities to save time, money and stress on your commute, said JC Porter, commuter services assistant director.

“We invested in connecting students to campus in whatever way works best for them,” he said. “Ryan is an example for all of us to consider a less expensive and stress-free alternative.”

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