2011 Milwaukee County Budget update…On November 17th the Milwaukee County Board adopted the 2011 budget, overriding 11 of 15 vetoes by County Executive Walker.  As shared earlier, the recommendations and amendments made in the budget process to the Milwaukee County Transit System have not changed (scroll down for detail).

Update from Transportation for AmericaNovember 2nd brought significant changes to Washington, but it was also a big day for hundreds of local transportation-related ballot initiatives.  A full 75 percent of those measures were approved on November 2nd, proving once again that Americans want transportation options – but what will the new Congress mean for the transportation bill, now 400+ days past due? Congress is likely to be taking up a long-term bill in 2011 and the Obama Administration is set to release their own proposal for a six-year transportation bill early in 2011.  Find out why infrastructure may be one area where we can hope for bipartisan action.

Also, in an HNTB America THINKS transit survey, nearly 9 in 10 (87 percent) Americans who have access to public transportation where they work or live take advantage of it.  In addition, almost 7 in 10 (69 percent) Americans feel there are many times when public transit is a better option than driving, and nearly three in ten of them choose higher gas prices (29 percent) and convenience (29 percent) as the biggest motivators for riding public transportation…learn more: http://ow.ly/3alu8

High-speed rail advocates plan Saturday rallies… Advocates of high-speed rail in Wisconsin will conduct rallies across the state on Saturday to show their support for the project.  Rallies are planned for noon in Milwaukee, Madison, Oshkosh, La Crosse and Eau Claire.

The Milwaukee rally will take place Saturday, November 20th at NOON at the Milwaukee Intermodal Station, 433 W. St. Paul Ave., where speakers will include Sen. Spencer Coggs (D-Milwaukee); Robert Kraig, director of Wisconsin Citizen Action; Rosemary Wehnes of the Sierra Club; and Nona Hill, president of ProRail and vice president of Wisconsin Association of Railroad Passengers.  For details, visit http://wisconsin.sierraclub.org/Issues/SavetheTrain.htm.

WISPIRG has a group where people can pledge to ride the train: http://tinyurl.com/TrainRider

See below for links to more articles and resources on the High Speed Rail project, which continues to dominate the transit discussion in SE WI.   Other rail projects, as well as funding for roads has also entered into the debate.   However, the challenges facing our local bus systems are still there and we will need all your support in 2011 has we fight for an RTA and dedicated funding!

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Events and Opportunities to Get Involved:

  • If you wish to communicate support to Governor-Elect Scott Walker for high speed rail you can contact his transition office at 608-261-9200. (It is a quick call)  Or, if you prefer to mail a letter, the address is: Governor-elect Scott Walker Transition Office, Risser Justice Center, 17 W. Main St, 3rd Floor, Madison, WI 53702
  • Updates can be found at www.saverailjobs.com
  • Petitions to Support the Rail Project:  http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/continue-wi-high-speed-rail-plan/
  • Write a Letter to the Editor and other Media opportunities – this project needs a strong show of support now more than ever!  Visit the CAT Google Group page on Media Outreach for assistance on how to submit a Letter to the Editor and get engaged online:  http://bit.ly/aQWl1p