Coalition for Advancing Transit QUARTERLY MEETING
Moving Forward Together

Thursday, April 8, 2010 ~ 5:30PM
Manpower International, Downtown Milwaukee

Are you ready to get engaged in saving our local bus systems? The current legislative session ends on April 24th and legislators are considering a bill that would help save our local bus systems and allow communities to invest in critical infrastructure that will help create jobs and economic growth.

At this meeting, you will learn what the current status is of the RTA bill.  It truly is “all in” this time around and we need EVERYONE to help us call supporters, canvass neighborhoods and get the word out. 

You will also have the opportunity to enjoy refreshments and network with other members in the Coalition to learn what WE can all do together to move regional transit forward.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • Registration & Refreshments begin at 5:00PM, meeting starts at 5:30PM
  • 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 for assistance.

This event is FREE and open to C.A.T. members, supporters and the public.  RSVP to Kristi at UEDA – Phone: (414) 562-9904 or kristi@uedawi.org 

Success!  RTA Bill Passes Committee 8-2

Thanks for all of your efforts to keep the RTA moving ahead!
The Assembly Committee on Transportation passed a new, stronger RTA bill (AB-282) out of committee on April 1st with 7 democrats and one republican voting in favor (Thank you Rep. Ott from the Fox Valley!) and two republicans in opposition. It was great to see a bi-partisan vote that reflects the breadth and depth of support for the RTA across business, labor, minority, faith-based, environmental, and community groups.

Please take a moment to reach out and thank the Committee members who worked tirelessly to keep this critically important legislation moving ahead.  The next stop for the transit legislation is the Joint Finance Committee next week – if we want to see AB 282 get passed this session it must get through Joint Finance and onto the full Assembly for a vote.

For a full summary of the Assembly Committee vote, next steps and more visit the Coalition for Advancing Transit’s group site here: http://tiny.cc/6tx3q

What Next?  Join us at these upcoming events and get involved – we are SO close to saving and ensuring our local transit systems help SE WI create jobs and economic growth.

Coalition for Advancing Transit MEETING:  Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 5:30PM at Manpower International, Downtown Milwaukee.  Registration & Refreshments begin at 5:00PM.  See below for details.

Transit Listening Session for Western Milwaukee County:  Monday, April 12 at 6:30 PM at the West Allis Library, 7421 W. National Ave, West Allis, WI 53214.  We need all supporters to come!  Representatives Staskunas and Cullen will be there to hear why the RTA bill is so important to SE WI. 

Stay tuned…the next 3 weeks will be busy!
Thanks again to the many advocates who traveled to Madison on March 11, attended press conferences, or sent in comments to build the awareness and support for this success.  This would not happen without you!!

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