State legislators have begun hearings and listening sessions on the proposed biennial State Budget.  The proposed 10% cut in transit funding could mean an 8% service reduction or a 30% increase in fares for MCTS, according to the local planning commission.  Transit systems are truly at a crossroads – facing historic threats AND opportunities too.  The voices of supporters and advocates are needed more than ever!

We MUST INSIST on balanced transportation priorities that solve our budget problems AND keep families connected to jobs, and businesses to the workers they require.  Not only is transit a vital, daily link for thousands of people in our community for school, health care and shopping, but transit is vital to keep Wisconsin working.

TAKE ACTION – Wisconsin’s future is at stake.

Join us THIS Monday, April 11th at the Joint Finance Committee Budget Hearing. Tell legislators your story and why you support transit.  Held from 10:00am to 6:00pm at Wisconsin State Fair Park in the Expo Center, Hall A.

  1. Visit our BAKE SALE FOR TRANSIT, just outside the Expo Center from 9:00-10:00am.  Get your Support Transit sticker and visit with other advocates before the hearing starts, and if you’d like, bring some bakery to support the cause!
  2. RIDE THE BUS to the hearing and pin your transfer to your lapel.  If coming from the east, catch Route 18 at 2nd & Wisconsin to 8200 W. Greenfield.
  3. Join County Supervisors, bus drivers, bus riders, students and others on Monday morning on the “Save OUR Ride” bus ride to the hearing.  They will catch the 44U from UWM to the hearing and when they arrive (around 9:15am) they will hold a brief press conference and rally for transit.  If you are on Facebook, click here to access an Event listing or scroll down for more details.

If you are not able to attend the hearing, submit your comments in writing as soon as possible.  Email to BudgetComments@legis.wisconsin.gov, or send via U.S. Mail to: Joe Malkasian, Room 305 East, State Capitol, Madison, WI 53702.

See below for more information on Monday’s hearing, as well as article links.

Moving Forward Together
The Coalition for Advancing Transit

MONDAY APRIL 11th – Joint Finance Committee Hearing Details

  • 10:00am to 6:00pm at Wisconsin State Fair Park in the Expo Center, Hall A.
  • Located at 8200 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis, WI  53214 (Enter Gate 4 on 84th Street, north of Greenfield Avenue for parking).  Note: The parking fee for State Fair grounds will be waived for Monday’s joint finance budget hearing.
  • Arrive early to register to speak.  The hearings draw a big crowd, so you may need to stay much of the day.
  • Bring copies of your testimony – enough copies for the committee (16) and some extras for others who are interested.   Often legislators from the local community attend the hearing.
  • Be brief but speak from the heart!  Remarks are generally limited to a maximum of 3 minutes.
  • Click here for more Tips for Testifying

If you would like to join the “Save OUR Ride” bus group and ride the 44U from UWM, arrive on the UWM campus on Monday morning at 8:00am and meet them at 8:15am on the corner of Hartford and Maryland.  Parking is available on campus or at the Pavilion Parking Structure at Edgewood & Maryland Avenue.

ARTICLE LINKS:

“State transit cut could mean major service cuts or fare increases in Milwaukee” (MJS 4/6/11)

Out Of Service: Milwaukee Budget Cuts Hit Bus Lines — And Keep Residents From Jobs (Huffington Post 4/5/11)

“Walker beefs up transportation funding…” (MJS 4/4/11)  This article discusses the additional funding that highways would get, while transit funding would get cut.

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