AB-282 has been scheduled for an Assembly vote on Tuesday, April 20.   Our state legislators need to MOVE FORWARD with legislation that would allow Wisconsin communities to form regional transit authorities (RTA) and ensure that local bus systems get the investment and infrastructure support they NEED through dedicated funding.  Bus route miles in Milwaukee County have been reduced by nearly 20% between 2001 and 2007, and we will see further cuts if this legislation does not pass. 

If things go well in the Assembly on Tuesday,we hope the Senate vote will occur Thursday.  This is a CRITICAL vote and it is not clear if the votes are there to pass the bill.  This is the best opportunity that we will have for a long time and your advocacy is urgently needed.

 What do we need YOU to do?

  • Contact your assembly rep and state senator by 5:00 PM TODAY.  Every call makes a difference. 
  • Visit the C.A.T. Files Page to access a list of SE WI legislators and their contact information.  Don’t know who your legislator is? Call 1-800-362-9472 or visit “Who Represents Me?” to search by address.
  • If your legislators are Representatives Colon, Cullen, Honadel, Staskunas, Stone and Williams OR Senators Sullivan and Lehman, it is VERY important you call them.  They need to know there is support for this bill from their constituents.

Tell them you support AB-282 and ask them to support it because it will help our economy by providing dedicated funding to maintain our current transit system, as well as increase transit services, and connect workers to jobs.  Remember to state your full name and home address and phone number.

If you’re interested in joining fellow transit supporters in this all-out effort, join them TONIGHT from 5:30 to 7:00PM for FREE appetizers and soda at either Café Hollander in Wauwatosa or Antigua in West Allis and help them reach out to supporters and legislators. Details: www.launchmilwaukee.com.

As a fellow C.A.T. member stated this weekend, this legislation is about JOBS and ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.  Let’s ensure that Milwaukee is a region where people CHOOSE to live.  And lastly, what better way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day (which was started in Wisconsin) by encouraging our legislators to allow local communities to invest in public transit! 

Moving Forward Together
The Coalition for Advancing Transit