Those who struggle with homelessness also struggle with transportation: a crucial part of everyday life. California is far more car-centric than East Coast states, where public transport is significantly more developed. Regardless of the state, having access to public transportation matters. Unfortunately, all forms of public transportation require payment. Moreover, public transportation stations and buses provide much-needed shelter to those with nowhere else to turn. Additionally, public transit is a mode for children struggling with homelessness and needing a way to get to school.
After World War II and the economic boom of the 1950s, the federal government began the construction of the U.S. interstate system under the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956. This allowed states and cities to be connected like never before. However, while it may have allowed more people to travel longer distances, it also displaced many people and necessitated owning a car.