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.
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.