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Just wanted to remind you about tomorrow’s VISION 2050 public input workshop.  UEDA is hosting this visioning session in partnership with the Southeastern Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC).   A critical part of the VISION 2050 process will be public involvement and input.

Scroll down for details on the VISION 2050 workshop or RSVP here.

Also, below are a some recent articles, including the feature story by Milwaukee Magazine on MCTS, the history of Milwaukee’s transit system and the effort to switch to a private contractor.

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The Milwaukee Streetcar project recently launched a new Facebook page.  “Like” them here and get all the latest updates in your newsfeed:  www.facebook.com/themilwaukeestreetcar

Milwaukee Magazine:  “End of the Line” (November 2013)
The Milwaukee County Transit System has been trapped in a budget-induced death spiral – increased fares and reduced service, leading to fewer riders and less revenue, leading to increased fares and reduced service. But it wasn’t always that way.

“Current transit system operator will run Milwaukee County buses for another year” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 10/25/14)

“Technology gives lift to car- and bike-sharing movement: Transit services also implementing mobile apps” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 10/1/13)

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Below are a few updates, including an upcoming Community Listening Session and articles related to the 2013 Milwaukee County Budget process.  There were no major changes for MCTS in the 2013 budget, and no changes in service levels or increases in passenger fares are anticipated.  However, 2014 is when the source of stopgap funding found in 2011 (CMAQ) will run out.  We anticipate that 2013 will be a key turning point so stay tuned!

Monday, December 3rd 2013:  Community Listening Session on the Public Transit Crisis

Held from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Washington Park Senior Center, located at 4420 W. Vliet Street in Milwaukee. (on the 31 & 33 bus lines)  The state budget talks will begin right away in 2013, it’s important that our community is represented as it relates to the crucial issue of public transportation.  Please come out and share potential ideas!  Click here for Event Flyer

Milwaukee County Board Chair Marina Dimitrijevic announces “Chat with the Chair” events in West Allis, Cudahy, Shorewood & River Hills.  Residents are invited to meet the Chairwoman, to ask questions about County government and to explore ways for Milwaukee County and all its municipalities to work together. Events will be held THIS week:

  • Monday, November 26, 2012 from 6 to 7pm in Cudahy, with Supervisor Patricia Jursik at theCudahy Family Library, 4665 South Packard Avenue, 53110.
  • Tuesday, November 27, 2012 from 6 to 7pm in Shorewood, with Supervisor Gerry P. Broderick at the Shorewood Public Library, 3920 North Murray Avenue, 53211.
  • Thursday, November 29, 2012 from 6 to 7pm in River Hills, with Supervisor Theodore Lipscomb, Sr. at the River Hills Village Hall, 7650 North Pheasant Lane, 53217.

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Just wanted to pass along these updates regarding transit issues in southeast Wisconsin.  We are in the midst of the 2013 Milwaukee County budget process, and there have been a number of editorials over the past two months that make strong statements of support for our buses.  The 2013 budget thus far does not project many changes regarding MCTS however; it’s an important year to shore up support in anticipation of a loss of the 2012 CMAQ funds after 2014.  Stay tuned!

Milwaukee County Budget Hearing – Monday, October 29, 2012 at 6:30pm: 

The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors will host their Annual Budget Public Hearing on Monday, October 29th in the Bradley Pavilion of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 N. Water Street in Milwaukee. Doors will open at 6 p.m.; the meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.  The hearing is an opportunity to hear the Supervisors review the County Executive’s Recommended Budget, including amendments.  This is a great forum to show your support for transit!  Free parking will be available in the Marcus Center structure, located one block north of the Marcus Center.  View Flyer

Milwaukee Streetcar Event: “Facts & Future” – Tuesday, October 30, 2012 from 5:30-7:30pm
Love it, hate it or looking for more info?  Come to this presentation hosted at the Pabst Pub in the Historic Pabst Theater.  City Engineer Jeffrey Polenske and Department of Public Works Commissioner Ghassan Korban will be on hand to give updates on the project and answer questions.  Event Information here   You can also receive regular updates for the Milwaukee Streetcar by following them on Facebook.

And scroll down…some interesting articles, blogs and/or posts of late regarding Milwaukee’s density and how it could impact transit planning in the future, analysis on why Germans ride transit more than Americans and how car use is peaking in developed nations, resulting in slowing car sales and lifestyle changes that support more investment in transit infrastructure.

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Summer is underway and that means festival season and everything else that southeast Wisconsin has to offer!  Below are some transit-related links to resources and information that will help you get around and stay in touch.

  • Downtown Trolley is now in operation, and runs Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. through September 8.  The trolley goes past major downtown destinations and connects to shops, restaurants, spas and salons.  Rides are $1 round trip – click here for a map.
  • MCTS “Straight to the Gate” will be up and running again this summer, with dedicated service to many Milwaukee events, thanks to the use of one-time federal CMAQ funds for 2012-2013. Visit the MCTS Event Season page for all the details, and travel to Polish Fest, Summerfest, State Fair, Brewers Games, Festa Italiana and more!
  • Also, MCTS reported that bike use on buses doubled through April 30, 2012, with over 29,000 bicycles transported, as compared to last year through the same period.  It’s a great way to get around and for more information on how to use the bike racks (including a video demonstration), visit their Bikes on Buses page.

The Federal Transportation bill expired over 989 days ago, but Coalition partners across the country continue to work with Congress to “get moving on a transformational bill.”  Visit the Transportation For America website and get involved so you can stay in touch with the latest updates.

Coalition for Advancing Transit partners and members continue to work on building a sustainable and broad coalition that will hopefully forward some action by state and local legislators in the next year.  We will continue to ask them to support and invest in our regional transit system, which is key link to economic opportunity for many in southeastern Wisconsin.  Stay tuned!

Save the Date!  October 8-10, 2012: Minnesota and Wisconsin Public Transportation Conference.  Held in La Crosse, WI.  Conference Website

Below you’ll find some article links, including a recent one about efforts by MCTS and UW-Milwaukee to develop a smartphone app that would let bus riders access real-time bus location data and what Generation Y is thinking when it comes to cars.

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Starting January 29, Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) will be implementing a series of route changes, plus the addition of 3 new MetroExpress Routes:  The Blue Line  (Fond du Lac-National), the Green Line  (Bayshore-Airport), and the Red Line  (Capitol Drive). For details on all upcoming route changes, visit the MCTS website page to access maps, the latest edition of “Bus Lines” the MCTS newsletter, and a 2012 Transit Guide.  You may also find the following links and/or files helpful:

Also, starting Monday, January 23, MCTS will have a special hotline that will be staffed to answer any questions regarding upcoming service changes. They will be available every day from 6:00am to 6:00pm for a limited time and the number is 414-937-0460.  Scroll down for article links covering both the service change, as well as the switch to a “smart card” fare system.

Other Items of Interest

The National Alliance of Public Transportation Advocates (NAPTA) has joined together with a public advocacy campaign, “Public Transportation Takes Us There” to include a number of useful resources and online tools in one website for public transportation riders, advocates and grassroots supporters of transit:

  • Contact elected officials and get the latest news from Congress
  • Promote public transit with social media
  • Build a transit coalition in your community
  • Measure the benefits of transit investment in your community

Visit www.publictransportation.org to see the new site and all the features.  To learn more about NAPTA, click here.

And, this article discusses  how demographic shifts continue to impact individual choices when it comes to transportation:  “Driving has lost its cool for young Americans”

Stay tuned for more updates as they happen!

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