Alexion Supports Access to Higher Education for Local Community Through Transportation Subsidy

Alexion recently announced a long-term commitment to support access to higher education in New Haven by subsidizing Connecticut Transit bus fare for Gateway Community College students. Alexion will provide $50,000 a year over five years, for a total commitment of $250,000, to help make public transportation more affordable for Gateway students.

Almost 14,000 students attend Gateway each year, and about one-third currently rely on the public bus system to get to and from campus. Alexion’s sponsorship, along with a partial subsidy from CT Transit, will significantly reduce the cost of a monthly bus pass and will be used for more than 100,000 student rides each year.

“Gateway is grateful to receive a sustained, multiyear commitment from Alexion, which will allow us to apply a consistent and supportive approach to the bus pass program that so many of our students count on,” said Dr. Dorsey L. Kendrick, President, Gateway Community College.

Alexion and Gateway co-hosted the announcement held in Gateway’s library, located only a block away from the site of Alexion’s future global headquarters in the Downtown Crossing section of New Haven. City, state and federal officials attended the event, including New Haven Mayor Toni Harp, state Sen. Toni Walker, State Comptroller Kevin Lembo, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy and U.S. Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro, as well as members of Alexion and the Gateway student body.

State Sen. Toni Walker praised Alexion for its commitment to facilitating access to higher education for students. New Haven Mayor Toni Harp also acknowledged Alexion’s commitment to Gateway and New Haven, adding that saving on transportation allows students to put money back into the community.

Daniel Caron, Vice President of Site Operations & Engineering at Alexion said, “Alexion is proud to provide this subsidy to help make education more accessible for Gateway students as they pursue their academic and professional goals, while also making a positive impact on the environment by encouraging the use of public transportation. We look forward to our move to New Haven and remain committed to finding meaningful ways to support the local community.”