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Pat Harvey

Pat Harvey was working at a hospital but was unable to find safe transportation home from her night-shift nursing job. She had to wait up to an hour for the public bus-if it came at all. Even then, the bus stopped several blocks from her apartment, and she worried about walking home alone in the dark. Out of concern for her safety, Pat purchased a van and began transporting herself and her co-workers to and from their jobs. Her inability to secure safe transportation alerted her to the hardship caused by the inadequacies of mass transit in Queens, so she purchased more vans and began to provide transportation for her neighbors.

  • February 11, 1997    |   Economic Liberty

    New York Vans

    Challenging Barriers to Economic Opportunity: Hector Ricketts v. City of New York

    Rather than accept public handouts after he lost his job, Hector Ricketts went into business for himself driving jitney vans.  He founded Queens Van Plan, Inc., to provide much-needed reliable van service to low-income communities in New York that are isolated by inferior, expensive public transportation.  Hector’s vans—and those of other small companies—not only put…

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