The Neighborhood Centers non-profit operates a bus named for the Who song "Magic Bus" to fill the fundamental needs of low income residents of Houston: access to jobs, healthcare, markets, and home.
Monica Rhor writes of the Magic Bus system in Houston, which endeavors to live up to the slogan inscribed on its side: "For all who labor for a better life."
The Magic Bus system is operated by the non-profit Neighborhood Centers, running "20-minute loops around Gulfton, a working-class neighborhood of apartment complexes and strip malls in southwest Houston."
Rhor provides insight into the experience of the Magic Bus, and its lofty goals, as well as discussion of the transportation needs of low income residents of Houston and how transportation planners are exploring new ways to connect transit with jobs.
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