As we enter September things on the transit scene will start to pick up.  The C.A.T. Steering Committee has met a few times to discuss ideas and strategies for how we move forward and achieve an RTA and dedicated funding for transit in southeastern Wisconsin.   Below are some opportunities for you to get engaged in the issue, as well as some articles we thought you’d find of interest.

Coalition for Advancing Transit Meeting: Thursday, September 16th at 8:00AM

The meeting will be held at Manpower International, 100 Manpower Place, Milwaukee.  Check-in and Networking will begin at 7:30AM and we should wrap up between 9:30-10:00AM.   We will provide an overview of what’s been happening over the summer, in particular with MCTS and the County Budget, as well as some recommended strategies that the Coalition can utilize in early 2011 to push the newly elected state legislature to act on this issue.   Please contact kristi@uedawi.org if you plan to attend.

Labor Fest – THIS weekend!   Monday,  September 6 from 11:00AM to 7:00PM

This is a wonderful opportunity to get out and get people engaged and turn up the support and visibility for transit.  What better connection than transit and jobs? The ATU 998, Sierra Club, WISPIRG and Transit NOW are planning to be at Labor Fest with a booth, petitions, post card and flyers.   Also, President Barack Obama will return to Milwaukee to celebrate Labor Day at the Milwaukee Labor Council’s Labor Fest!

We need your help to get over 1,000 signed postcards in support of Milwaukee public transit. These cards ask County Executive Walker and County Board Supervisors to support a permanent funding solution for public transit and to stop raising fares and cutting service.   Just a few hours of your time and basic knowledge of transit status is needed—information will be provided.   ATU Local 998 will host the efforts.   Join them to get a ticket, postcards and instructions as early as 9:30AM and no later than 10:30AM at Michigan & 4th Streets. Look for the ATU Local 998 banner and red shirts.  You need to have a ticket to enter the Summerfest grounds. NOTE: The grounds will close to entry and exit while President Obama is on the ground in Milwaukee!  Because of his visit, they are looking for as much help as can be offered in the morning during the march and at the grounds.

Recent articles

A new study by Todd Swanstrom, Will Winter, and Laura Wiedlocher of the University of Missouri-St. Louis suggests that the U.S. government could produce 180,000 extra jobs in several metropolitan areas by simply shifting spending away from highways and towards transit.

If Transit Investment Produces Jobs, Why Isn’t There More of It? http://americancity.org/columns/entry/2582/

To link to the report by Transportation Equity Network report: http://transportationequity.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=288&Itemid=198

High speed rail continues to spur debate in Wisconsin, especially since it is election season.  Today’s Biz Blog at BizTimes features Kay Plantes, who discusses the big-picture impact this project could have on Wisconsin:

http://www.biztimes.com/blogs/milwaukee-biz-blog/2010/9/2/wake-up-to-the-economic-benefits-of-high-speed-rail

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The Coalition for Advancing Transit

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