At the quarterly meeting on November 18th C.A.T. updated members on the draft RTA legislation that is currently being worked on by state legislators.  Kevin Benish from Assembly Representative Tamara Grigsby’s office presented on the various components of this legislation.  To access a copy of the powerpoint that gives an overview of the draft RTA legislation, please click here (file name: 2009 Nov Draft RTA…).  It is still in draft form and has NOT been introduced yet. 

On November 29 the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel had an article on the challenges facing regional transit in SE WI, discussing the critical need for RTA legislation:  Regional Transit Authority stuck in transit funding tangleOur window of opportunity is short:            

  • Nov-Dec 2009:  Draft RTA legislative bill is fine-tuned, and legislative sponsors gained.  Public support MUST be visible and strong!
  • January 2010:  Legislative floor session begins.  RTA bill introduced; we need an all-out effort in terms of advocacy and public visibility.
  • January 2010:  Milwaukee and Kenosha begin instituting more fare increases and service cuts.  Racine to follow in 2011.  They need our support.
  • April 2010:  Legislative session ends, along with the last realistic chance to pass an RTA bill for years and ensure the economic health of SE WI for years.  We cannot miss this opportunity for transit.

What Can We Do? Contact Your Elected Officials

  • Call them!  Let them know this is an important issue for you, as a constituent.  That is the way to have the most impact.  Follow-up with a letter or email.
  • Tell them Southeast Wisconsin wants RTA legislation to move forward this January and that it MUST include dedicated funding for local transit.
  • Ask them what they are doing to ensure our local bus systems remain viable and people have access to jobs.

WHO TO CALL?  Your Assembly Representative and State Senator

  • Click here to access links to also contact State Legislative leaders and talking points. 
  • Don’t know which district you’re in?  Call Toll-free: 1-800-362-9472 or visit www.legis.wisconsin.gov and click on the “Who Represents Me?” link in the middle of the page for an address search. 

Lastly, we invite you to attend a TRANSIT RALLY!

We are at a pivotal point when action is urgently needed to get the RTA and dedicated funding for transit moving forward.  Our window of opportunity is VERY short.  Let’s make our voices heard loud and clear!  And, show our commitment to gaining dedicated funding and regional coordination for local transit systems that is so important to our economic growth, jobs and quality of life.

Saturday, December 5 at 1:00 PM
Veterans Memorial Park, National Avenue at 70th St. in West Allis, WI
On bus routes: 54, 76, and 18
Park on west side of Market Square parking lot (near Pick N Save), enter off National Avenue just west of 70th St.)

Please forward this information to your friends, neighbors and colleagues!  Invite them to attend the TRANSIT RALLY and show our support for the economic health of SE WI…

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