Saturday, August 30, 2014

Public transportation important to state

postcrescent : "As a Fox Valley community, we have a responsibility to ensure our neighbors and friends have the ability to access a workplace. Penny Bernard Schaber understands this responsibility and has consistently worked to make sure public transit continues to be a resource for residents of the Fox Valley. As our next state senator, Bernard Schaber will continue to be an advocate for public transportation that connects residents to jobs.

Penny feels that the state should consider setting up regional transit authorities as a method for supplementing funding for public transportation. To help make that happen, Penny, in 2011, brought forward a proposal in the state Assembly designed to keep the Valley Transit system running smoothly for years to come. Measures like these are a common-sense way to combat unemployment."

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Social justice should be considered in transportation projects

Channel3000.com: "Channel3000 managing editor Kyle Geissler put online yesterday a study from the University of Colorado Denver that used Madison’s Verona Road reconstruction project as an example of how transportation policies can disregard public health issues when built through lower-income neighborhoods. The study found that while some neighborhood concerns were addressed by adding bicycle crossings and a pedestrian bridge, other issues like noise and air pollution were ignored.

That seems dangerously short-sighted to us as well as unjust."

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

La Crosse – #publictransit demand is up, funding is down

WKBT : "La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat stressed the need for more money to be budgeted for public transportation.

"We could do so much more with some additional funding. I mean, you could actually have service coming more often and actually capture that demand that we're seeing," said Kabat.

There were about 1.2-million passengers on MTU buses last year, up three-percent from 2012."

Monday, April 28, 2014

Why the Zoo Interchange Project Should Be Stopped

Streetsblog : "We won’t succeed in the fight against climate change if we keep throwing billions of dollars down the sinkhole of car dependence and sprawl."

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The flip-side: Public transit and attracting young professionals

Milwaukee Business Journal : "Some entry-level employees want a car, but can't access one. Others, particularly young professionals, can access a car, but don't always want one."

Friday, April 11, 2014

Parking Craters Aren’t Just Ugly, They’re a Cancer on Your City’s Downtown

Streetsblog USA: "Streetsblog recently spoke with Chris McCahill of the State Smart Transportation Initiative in Madison, Wisconsin, to learn about his research into how parking affects small cities’ downtowns. Most recently, McCahill and his co-authors have shown how policy makers’ preoccupation with parking not only hollows out city centers, it also decimates the downtown tax base."

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spending on roads making things worse in Wisconsin

Transportation secretary outlines funding crisis, hears concerns at public forum: "Despite more than $1 billion a year in road construction and hundreds of millions more on maintenance, Wisconsin’s transportation system is falling behind and facing a shrinking revenue stream."