Friday, September 30, 2016

Senior free pass cost $8 million a year. Ok. But how much did it save? No word on that.

Milwaukee County Executive Proposes Annual $60 Vehicle Registration Fee | Wisconsin Public Radio: "Abele is also recommending an end to free bus passes for the eligible seniors and people with disabilities. Under his plan they would pay a one-time $5 fee for a pass plus 25 cents per ride. He said over the past three years, the pass has caused a $12 million dollar deficit."
Do you want seniors on the highways? One fatal accident costs the government about $6 million. How many jams and fender benders were prevented? In the US, it is very hard to get the whole picture when it comes to public transit. But we can show that fare-free pays for itself. #freeischeaper

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Wisconsin #publictransit funding does not match needs

wisconsingazette : "Consider that the average Wisconsinite drove 500 fewer miles in 2010 than in 2004. Also, nationwide between 2001 and 2009, reliance on public transportation increased 40 percent among young people.

Yet, said Skopec, “there’s more and more evidence that the transit system is not serving many people in Wisconsin. The system has been set up for people who drive. … And local priorities aren’t being met.”"

Friday, August 26, 2016

The bill is due for #autosprawl, oops, nobody wants to pay it

Wisconsin has been taken over by the oil trolls. Now they are gridlocked and broke. And, of course, having the wrong debate. Public transportation actually returns more money than it costs. How? Simply account for the true costs of cars and sprawl. As these costs are reduced, even fare-free public transit is easy to pay for.
Wisconsin Public Radio: "Wisconsin's transportation budget is facing a $939 million shortfall in the next biennium. And, earlier this month, a Marquette University Law School Poll found a third of Wisconsin residents favor cutting road project funding – not adding to it."

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Business needs people. People need #publictransit.

Public transit is vital to Wausau area's future: "Local businesses in towns without current bus service, such as Rib Mountain, are also speaking up. They tell us that transit service is needed so job applicants can get to interviews and so current employees can get to work. In addition, municipalities that previously had bus service but no longer do are realizing the impact of its loss. The Rothschild Village President recently reported that residents are moving out of Rothschild due to the lack of bus service."

Friday, October 2, 2015

Wis. has increasing number of repeat OWI offenders

"LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) -
A new investigation finds Wisconsin has a growing problem with getting repeat operating while intoxicated offenders off the road."
With cars, if it's not one thing, it's two things. Time to admit that the system just does not work. If all the violations were aggressively prosecuted, there would be few people left able to go to work. Implementing free transit would reduce and eventually eliminate this problem.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, car culture harmful to young people

Channel3000.com: "“We've got to address it before it gets locked into place, and the real issue is gangs are created because there are needs that are not being met for children in the community,” Esser said. “And we want to get at those needs.”

Many youths in the community feel access to public transportation is a way for them to get to jobs and stay out of trouble."


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Business wants #publictransit, but has to fight the oil industry to get it

jsonline : ""This is an investment," said Michael Schipper, deputy general manager for engineering and project management at the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. "We invested in our community."

Schipper said investing in a bus rapid transit route allowed the Euclid Ave. corridor to experience an economic revival in the past seven years. The project, which cost $200 million, has spurred $6.3 billion in investment, according to his department's estimates. And compared with its predecessor, more people are using the line by choice rather than necessity, he said.

While Minneapolis has experienced a resurgence due in part to its investment in rail and bus infrastructure, the progress did not come without resistance, said David Frank, the city's director of economic development.

"As we talk about transit investments, there's no place where it's a walk in the park," he said. "You have to persevere."

Both Frank and Schipper said businesses are often the ones pushing for these projects because it helps attract a younger generation of workers who want the choice to use public transit instead of a car for commuting."



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