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.”"