Transportation forum to focus on transit, highway alternatives: ""We want to show that there are a lot of local needs that are not being met," said Peter Skopec, director of WISPIRG. "There really isn't enough being done at the local level. Roads aren't being fixed. Bridges aren't being fixed."
Steiner said transportation alternatives will take on added importance as the elderly population is expected to nearly double over the next two to three decades.
"That's a lot of folks who will be probably unable to drive and will need to get to things like health care appointments or to the grocery store or even out and socializing," Steiner said. "Isolation is a huge issue for this aging population."
Van Maren said the forum is all the more relevant in light of the Department of Transportation's decision to focus on new pavement as the long-term solution to La Crosse's north-south transportation needs.
"It sort of plops right into this hole that's been created by the DOT," she said."