The next week is a critical and important one for the 2011 Milwaukee County Budget.   For those of you who live in Milwaukee County, we need your help! The proposed county budget cuts the frequency and hours of operation transit routes; the impact of these potential cuts was highlighted in this Letter to the Editor on October 9, 2010:  “More cuts for County Transit” http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/104594194.htm

  • The Finance Committee will be voting on funding for on Transit/Paratransit on Wednesday October 27 (starts at 1:00 PM).  This hearing will be held at the Milwaukee County Courthouse, 901 N. 9th Street, 2nd floor, Room 203-R.
  • There will be a Public hearing on the budget on Monday, November 1st at 7 PM at the Washington Park Senior Center, 4420 W. Vliet Street, Milwaukee.
  • Advocates are needed to attend these hearings and show support for preserving our transit system.

How else can you get involved? Be sure to contact your County Supervisor and members of the Finance Committee – let them know how important it is that we maintain our transit system.

For contact information, links and talking points visit the Milwaukee County Budget Action Alert pagehttp://bit.ly/9ZChDJ

Other Events & Articles:

  • On Thursday, November 11 from 3:30-6:00PM the UW-Milwaukee Urban Studies department will be hosting the 5th Annual Henry W. Maier State of Milwaukee Summit.  This year’s topic will cover Public Transportation, and will feature speakers discussing the challenges that the Metro Milwaukee region has faced to develop regional transit initiatives and to adequately manage and maintain existing systems.  For details visit http://www4.uwm.edu/letsci/urbanstudies/events.cfm.
  • The State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation released this following newsletter that discusses the economic benefits of the new High Speed Rail project in Wisconsin:  http://www.dot.state.wi.us/projects/d1/hsrail/docs/hsr-econ-benefits.pdf
  • At the Milwaukee site for the Examiner.com, Charlie Rosenberg has been covering local transit issues and how they’ve been discussed by candidates in the upcoming election. To read these articles, visit www.tinyurl.com/milwcomm.

Lastly, the Transit Campaign Strategy Group has met and begun developing plans that outline the activities, tasks and potential resources for a broad community campaign to increase support for efforts to maintain, improve and expand our local transit systems.   Stay tuned for updates throughout the fall and winter – we will need C.A.T. members to get engaged!

Moving Forward Together
The Coalition for Advancing Transit

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