Learn more about how On the Road Lending is helping people build better lives.
Local program helps families get back on their feet and on-the-go
June 13, 2018
On The Road Lending (OTRL) helps families get from one destination to another by lightening the financial burden of purchasing a vehicle. After researching program structures, funding models and options currently available nationwide, OTRL was born in 2013.
'Walking Man' tops transit talk that plugs his adopted travel style — driving
February 24, 2018
It was three years ago this month that the Free Press told of James Robertson — dubbed “the Walking Man” for his 21 miles of intrepid daily walking, in all kinds of weather, to and from home in Detroit and a factory job in suburbia.
Path to a Better Life
December 5, 2017
When Shalva Moore first heard about the On the Road Lending program, she thought it was too good to be true. The widowed mother of three didn’t think she could find an affordable loan for a reliable used car with her credit rating.
Great Need for our Services
June 1, 2017
I often take my personal vehicle for granted because automobiles in my line of work are so common. I think nothing of it as I jump in my vehicle to run errands, attend meetings, and go see friends. I think nothing of it when, during an auto show, I visit with consumers about trim packages and performance capabilities of a particular model.
Getting Drivers on the Road
When West Dallas resident Kimbely Rankin learned that her eldest child, Brian, 13, was offered a scholarship spot at the Covenant School in North Dallas last year, she didn’t know what to do.
Helping Clients Offset Transportation Costs
When Tammy Carson Johnson was broke and unemployed several years ago, making it to job interviews often depended on whether she could scrounge together $5 for a daily Dallas Area Rapid Transit pass.
Rethinking Mobility to Relieve Poverty
Artis Frank settled in Tuesday on the DART Green Line rail car, ear buds dangling from underneath his knit cap, backpack nestled at his side. The 59-year-old South Dallas resident was on the third leg of his four-part trek home from work. His commute: bus, commuter rail, light rail, another bus.
Using Private Equity for Social Causes
February 27, 2015
While private equity usually deals with investments in companies and real estate, Michelle Corson is rethinking the concept to give it a socially driven focus.
Where There are Wheels, There’s a Way
A car isn’t just four wheels and a metal box to Yasmin Flores. It’s freedom, peace of mind and the means to a better job, a healthier diet and reliable child care for her toddler.
Listen to Michelle Corson on KRLD with David Johnson
February 14, 2014
Why the Poor Need Better Access to Cars
April 1, 2014
In many circles – among advocates for cleaner air, safer streets, less congestion and public transit – it's a major policy goal to get people out of cars. Reduce car use, and you reduce pollution. Reduce car use, and we'll need fewer costly roads and parking garages. Reduce car use and shift more people onto bikes and trains, and maybe we'll all spend less of our lives idling in traffic.