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."



'via Blog this'

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

City of Brookfield and company to take a closer look at public transportation options

brookfieldnow.com: "The city of Brookfield is joining forces with allies to explore the possibility of increasing the community's public transportation options.

Last month, city and county officials expressed concern with the lack of convenient ways for potential employees from outside the Brookfield area to get to and from retail and restaurant jobs along the Bluemound Road Corridor.

Now, the city plans to meet with Visit Brookfield officials as well as local businesses in order to discuss rising concerns about the lack of ample public transportation for bringing employees to the area."

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."