JOIN US AT THE NEXT COALITION FOR ADVANCING TRANSIT MEETING!

Wednesday, November 18 ~ 8:30AM

Eager to learn what’s happened on the regional transit front over the past 2 months?  Are you ready to get engaged in saving our local bus systems?

This Coalition for Advancing Transit Meeting will feature a brief update on the current status of draft legislation that will allow Wisconsin transit systems to organize regionally and gain dedicated local funding.

  • State Assembly Representative Tamara Grigsby has shown leadership on this issue.  We have invited her to come and briefly outline the key points of the draft bill and share what we can do to help support it.
  • You will hear from local elected representatives exactly why our local transit systems are in peril and we must act NOW.

EVENT DETAILS: Registration & Refreshments begin at 8:00AM, program from 8:30-10:00AM. 

Location: Manpower International, 100 Manpower Place, Milwaukee.  East of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive (3rd Street), off of Cherry Street and just north of downtown Milwaukee.  Parking is available on Cherry Street and in the Visitors Lot north of the building (on Cherry).  Bus routes 19, 80, 57 and 15 all run near Manpower. Visit www.ridemcts.com to plan your trip or call the Bus Line at (414) 344-6711 (M-F 6am to 7pm, Sat-Sun 8am-4:30pm) for assistance.

RSVP to Kristi Luzar, Program Manger at UEDA: Call (414) 562-9904 or email kristi@uedawi.org

UPDATES…GET ENGAGED TODAY!

Transit plays a pivotal role in our growth as a vibrant economic region and state, and our success in competing in the global marketplace.  We cannot emphasize enough how critical it is that RTA legislation moves forward in 2010 and it can only happen with the collective pull of members and individuals like you.  THE TIME IS NOW for us to act and ensure that southeastern Wisconsin can meet the needs of individuals, families, businesses and others that live, work and play here.  

Missed the 8th Annual Community Development Summit? “Regional Transit – Get On Board” had over 170 attendees and attracted a diverse audience of community and business leaders from throughout the region, who discussed what we can do to support regional transit in SE WI. Click here to read a summary of what happened.

Also, Milwaukee County Treasurer Dan Diliberti wrote a recent editorial on the challenges facing Milwaukee County this past Friday.  Click here to read what they are discussing in terms of Milwaukee County’s ability to continue providing public transit services.  For more information, feel free to visit the Files page on the C.A.T. group site to access fact sheets such as “2009 Transit Is Essential,” “2009 Fall Report from MCTS”, “2009 Transit & Economic Development,” and many other materials.

Existing local transit systems throughout the region are facing severe service reductions over the next year, which will have a series of critical ripple effects throughout various sectors in our community, including those who are seeking work, special needs populations, the over 15% of households in this region who do not have a car, employers seeking access to potential workers, etc. 

  • Contact Your Assembly Representative TODAY and ask them to continue moving forward with RTA legislation that includes dedicated funding for local transit. 
  • We must ensure that the draft bill they have been working on stays at the top of their priority list and is ready for the upcoming legislative session.
  • Don’t know who your Assembly Representative is?  Visit www.legis.wisconsin.gov and click on the “Who Represents Me?” link in the middle of the page for an address search or call Toll-free: 1-800-362-9472.
  • And, contact the Governor’s office and thank them for continuing to work on this very important issue:  Phone: (608)266-1212 or Fax: (608)267-8983 
    Mail to Office of the Governor, 115 E. State Capitol, Madison, WI 53702
    Visit www.wisgov.state.wi.us/contact.asp?locid=19 to contact online

Want to get more involved?  Interested in working with the Coalition for Advancing Transit (C.A.T.) to reach out to your neighbors, colleagues, churches, and others?  We will keep you informed as legislation moves forward, as well as of any local events or updates that we receive on transit-related developments.  For more information on CAT, click here  or contact Kristi at 414-562-9904 or kristi@uedawi.org to get engaged in the Coalition.  We will get you in the loop!

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