Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation Offers Free MCTS Rides for EVERYONE on April 28th

ridemcts.com : "Rides on all MCTS buses will be free for everyone on April 28, 2015 thanks to the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. The rides are part of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s centennial Gift to the Community.

As part of celebrating 100 years of service, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation is providing Gifts to the Community to showcase resources that contribute to greater Milwaukee’s vitality. April’s gift recognizes the value of transit to the region’s economy and quality of life."

Monday, April 20, 2015

Support public transportation this Earth Day

John Finkler : Wsj: "Public transportation operators and advocates from throughout Wisconsin will lobby at the state Capitol on Wednesday. They couldn't have picked a better day to visit their legislators. Not coincidentally, Wednesday also is the 45th anniversary of Earth Day.

Former Wisconsin Gov. Gaylord Nelson is the founder of Earth Day. If only Nelson was still governor, public transportation representatives would have a much easier day of lobbying. Public transportation would not only have a friend in high places, it would have a forceful advocate for the environmental-friendly work they do every day.

The 2015-17 state budget proposed by Gov. Scott Walker is 180 degrees opposite from the plan Gov. Nelson would have given the Legislature.

Walker has held down funding of public transportation despite increased demand for it.

The state that gave us the founder of Earth Day can do much better. Making funding for public transportation a priority would be a great place to start.

-- John Finkler, Middleton"

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Milwaukee Transit Riders Union: #publictransit cheaper than roads

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service: "Bill Sell, Milwaukee Transit Riders Union: Of course it’s an economic development tool. Those folks who don’t ride do not see the packed buses during rush hours. Riders reduce our state and national dependence on fossil fuel, and cost the government much less to support than building and rebuilding concrete roadways. Transit is the lower-cost solution to our transportation needs."

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Robert Wolfe: Millennials and boomers need better public transit

madison.com : "For all you econ majors out there: Supply and demand for Madison Metro is in a state of disequilibrium. There is sizable and increasing demand for the service but the proportionate increase in supply, which depends on funding from the state government, remains a political talking point, "

Car culture pain in Wisconsin

Taxes, transportation major themes at our public forums: "“If you’re not a driver, you’re a second-class citizen. That’s what it feels like,” said William Bublitz, who said he’s been yelled at by drivers for walking on roads that don’t have sidewalks."

Monday, March 9, 2015

Why Urban Jobs Can Mean Better Public Transport

Care2 Causes: "Cities like Milwaukee, for example, are experiencing an influx of new urban residents and an uptick in job growth. Another city where this is particularly well-illustrated is San Francisco, where tech firms are relocating downtown from their traditional Silicon Valley locations and tech workers are following them, though the consequence is a painfully tight rental market as a result of housing shortages.

In the long term, though, urban growth represents a number of advantages, including the possibility of upward mobility for low-income Americans, better environmental policy as suburban regions become less appealing, and a reduction in car ownership as the need for long commutes ends and people live where they work. And that’s what Ben Adler at Grist is particularly interested in, because when populations at urban hubs boom, so by extension does public transit."

Thursday, February 19, 2015

La Crosse, Wisconsin, paving paradise

lacrossetribune : "With one north-south artery, Lang Drive, running through the La Crosse River marsh -- and an electorate that soundly rejected a proposed second road through the marsh -- La Crosse officials were reluctant to sign on to a study by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, which wants the city to agree to go along with the final recommendation before the DOT will study ways to alleviate congestion on the cities three main north-south roads: Lang Drive, Hwy. 16 and Rose Street."