The Coalition for Advancing Transit would like to THANK all our members and partners for their active support and commitment throughout 2009 We have made so much progress and could not have done it without the every day, individual actions of citizens who care about transit and the economic growth of southeastern Wisconsin.

A special thanks to all those who joined us at the TRANSIT RALLY on December 5, 2009 with labor, business and community leaders and nearly 300 citizens at Veterans Memorial Park in West Allis to urge legislators to quickly advance Regional Transit Authority Legislation and dedicated funding for buses.  The focus of the rally was on the major job creation and economic growth that would come from improved regional transit and an RTA, and the crucial need to address the approaching financial meltdown of our local transit systems.  For highlights, pictures and links to media coverage of the rally, click here.

WHAT NEXT?

As we head into 2010, we will keep you updated on the latest events, information sessions and legislative action.  We know so many of you have worked really hard to stay in touch with your legislators and keep this issue on their radar over the past few months.  Please continue the good work!  

In the meantime, we are collecting transit stories from real people who depend on and use our bus systems in order to better show how the transit crisis has a real face. 

Has the transit fare increase of 50% over the last 7 years made it harder for you to get to and from work?  How will the lack of live operators starting next week impact your ability to move around town?  When is the last time you rode the bus and how did it work out?  Visit this survey link to share YOUR transit story:  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RGZSNQZ

Share your story and ask a friend to share theirs in this way more and more people in the public will see the impact the transit crisis (and the lack of dedicated funding) has on our community.  

Thank you for taking the time to do this.  Feel free to pass on to fellow transit advocates and be sure to check out the links above and below for more ways you can get connected to saving regional transit for SE WI. 

Best wishes for a Happy New Year from your friends at the Coalition for Advancing Transit!
Let’s Get Moving!
Kristi Luzar, Program Manager, UEDA
Coalition for Advancing Transit (C.A.T.)
(414) 562-9904  *  kristi@uedawi.org  

Curious to know how we got here?  Click here to access a “Transit Milestones” document – it will give you a good sense of what’s happened and where we need to go from here. 

If you are a constituent in the districts of Senator Tim Carpenter, Representative Peggy Krusik, Senator Bob Wirch or Representative David Cullen, they would like to hear from you on this issue!  Let them know that this issue is important and we need them to move forward with RTA legislation quickly in 2010. 

Senator Carpenter:        (608) 266-8535 or sen.carpenter@legis.wisconsin.gov

Representative Krusik:    (608) 266-1733 or rep.krusick@legis.wisconsin.gov 

Senator Wirch:              (608) 267-8979 or sen.wirch@legis.wisconsin.gov

Representative Cullen:    (608) 267-9836 pr rep.cullen@legis.wisconsin.gov

Looking for more information on transit, RTAs, dedicated funding and economic growth?  Click here to access a wealth of fact sheets, presentations and other resources by the Coalition for Advancing Transit.

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