A number of important events and activities are underway in the next 2 weeks to support transit. Read below for all the details on Wisconsin Transportation Town Hall Meetings, National Transit Action Month, Bike to Work activities, Milwaukee Streetcar social and more! And if you keep scrolling down, you’ll find links to articles and updates from the past few months.
Moving Forward Together
Coalition for Advancing Transit
It’s Bike to Work Week! From May 11-17, many communities across the state have scheduled fun events to encourage more people to consider bike commuting and to reward those that already do! Learn more at the Wisconsin Bike Federation website, and search for events near you.
Milwaukee Streetcar Update
Read the latest developments in their April newsletter, including an upcoming social on Thursday, May 15 from 5:00-6:30 p.m., a local retailer who re-located his business from the suburbs to be on the streetcar route will host a Streetcar Social. This free, casual gathering of like-minded people is the first in a series of periodic events to promote ridership, raise awareness and support businesses along the route. Learn more here>>>
Transportation Moves Wisconsin – Town Hall Meetings
Presented by WI Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb
These town hall meetings are unprecedented—and so is the challenge the secretary will be tackling: a $700 million budget shortfall, which will only continue to increase in the coming years. Big changes are coming. Town Hall participants can:
- Fill out a green sheet with comments
- Videotape a brief message (30 seconds) about why transit or paratransit are important to you. Come prepared with your message!
- Listen to the Secretary’s remarks and ask a question.
This is an important time to speak up for transit as economic, workforce, and quality of life priorities, and urge the Secretary to support transit policies that are vital to our economy.
Meetings will be held in SE WI next week – Secretary’s presentation is at 5:30 p.m., Q&A to follow.
View this flyer for important event details and transit information.
Wednesday, May 21 – 5:00 to 6:30pm
At Gateway Technical College, Madrigrano Auditorium, 3520 – 30th Avenue
Kenosha Transit bus Rts: 1, 3, 6. http://bit.ly/1mC5lM7
SE WI Transit Systems: http://www.yourotherwheels.com/
For more information about the Transportation Moves initiative and the Town Hall meetings: http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/about/tmw/index.htm
May is Transit Action Month
On Tuesday, May 20th, participate in National Transit Call Congress Day
Join transit riders, workers and advocates to call for more and better public transit. Transit supporters can let their elected officials know they support increased funding for public transit in the surface transportation bill and the impact that massive service cuts and fare increases have had in recent years. Tell them about the importance of transit to get to work, school and everywhere in between!
Find Wisconsin US Congress Members here. Link includes name, district and phone numbers for the representatives able to work directly on federal transit funding.
Wisconsin Transit Riders Alliance Meeting: Thursday, May 22 at 10:00am, Madison
In Rm. 302 of the Madison Public Library’s Central Branch 201 W. Mifflin St. (a block away from the downtown square).
Learn more about this affiliate of WURTA at www.witransitriders.org
Milwaukee Transit Riders Union Meeting: Thursday, June 5 at 5pm
At Hillside Terrace Resource Center, 1452 N. 7th Street, Milwaukee
“Jobs and Justice: A forum on regional transit”
Learn more at www.transitridersunion.org
New website launched dedicated to car-free transportation options
Bus, bike, walk has information about getting around the state using transit (intercity and intra-city transport info and links are provided) as well as policy background and advocacy for transit, biking and walking. Check it out here: http://www.busbikewalk.org/
IN THE NEWS
Yes! Bike Sharing is coming this summer (UrbanMilwaukee 5/14/14)
Biking with the Mayors (UrbanMilwaukee 5/13/14)
Who Will Be Streetcar Operator? (UrbanMilwaukee 5/8/14)
City of Milwaukee expects $20M more needed for streetcar project (BusinessJournal 4/22/14)
What To Do About DOT’s $650 Million Funding Gap (WUWM 4/18/14)
More Transit Funding Needed, Fitch Ratings Warns (UrbanMilwaukee Streetsblog 4/9/14)
WisDOT secretary outlines funding crisis (BizTimes Morning Headlines 4/9/14)
Press release: New Study: Riders Want Improved Transit. Abele Offers Plan to Add Service, Asks For County Board Support (Posted on UrbanMilwaukee 4/8/14)
County Executive Chris Abele offers sound plan on transit services (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Editorial 4/7/14)
Chris Abele renews push for outside operator of transit system (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 4/2/14)
Milwaukee transit ridership down, bucking national trend (BizTimes 3/11/14)
Milwaukee out of step as public transit use rises nationally (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 3/10/14)
Sen. Miller: Introduces bills to improve public transit throughout Wisconsin (WisPolitics 3/7/14)
Supervisors seek new bus contract bids, with county-run option in play (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 3/5/14)
Wisconsin Urban & Rural Transit Association (WURTA) 2014 Legislative Day at the Capitol (Mass Transit Magazine newsletter 3/5/14)
Greater Milwaukee Committee group wants to jump-start transit debate (BusinessJournal 2/25/14)
Our View: Legislature should allow creation of regional transit authorities (JSOnline 2/13/14)