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October 10, 2011, at 10:43 AM by Bill Sell -
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Download here: MCTS Rider Suggestions Since 2007

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October 10, 2011, at 10:42 AM by Bill Sell -
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October 10, 2011, at 10:40 AM by Bill Sell -
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Update, September 2011

This page was incorporated into the current update of Suggestions from Riders.

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May 31, 2011, at 11:17 AM by Bill Sell -
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Dear Supervisors, Mr. Walker, “RIDE YOUR BUS.” You are the manager. Act like a manager. Your leadership will bring the Suits on the bus in the mornings.

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Dear Supervisors, Mr. Abele, “RIDE YOUR BUS.” You are the manager. Act like a manager. Your leadership will bring the Suits on the bus in the mornings.

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  • Make bus driver more efficient by selling transfer from bus stop kiosk, accessible by coin or credit card.
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  • Make bus driver more efficient by selling transfers from bus stop kiosks, accessible by coin or credit card.
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  • Give bonuses to drivers whose passenger load goes up. Passengers actually make a point of catching the bus with the friendly driver. (Friendly sells.)
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  • Give bonuses to drivers whose passenger load goes up. Passengers actually make a point of catching the bus with the friendly driver. (Friendly sells.)
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  • Promote weaker routes with gimmicks. All routes feed all routes.
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  • Promote weaker routes with focused marketing. All routes feed all routes.
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  • Take Route #11 (and others) to a food store, perhaps a detour to the Holt Street Pick & Save
  • Route #11 could also detour into Target on Chase
  • Drop passengers with shopping carts at the door.
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  • Take Route #11 (and others) to a food store, perhaps a detour to the Holt Street Pick & Save.
  • Route #11 could also detour into Target on Chase.
  • Route #11 should go to the airport, serving EastTown and its attractions.
  • Drop passengers with shopping carts at the door, and cross-market the service with the store:
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  • In exchange for Bike Racks, get BFW volunteers to show Transit how to promote bus.
  • Replace Transit TV with a useful tool for passengers — one that shows where exactly the bus is, and what streets are coming up. The “major stop” route would still be shown on the left of the screen. Time should always appear.
  • Transit TV should show connecting routes as they are coming up.
  • Turn off the sound of the Transit TV so people can work and read on the bus while they are commuting.
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  • Get advice from the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin on marketing buses to bicyclists.

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August 02, 2008, at 12:03 PM by bs -
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Dear Supervisor, “RIDE YOUR BUS.” You are the manager. Act like a manager.

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Dear Supervisors, Mr. Walker, “RIDE YOUR BUS.” You are the manager. Act like a manager. Your leadership will bring the Suits on the bus in the mornings.

August 02, 2008, at 12:02 PM by bs -
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All steps point to one Goal: get every citizen to ride the bus Once.

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All steps point to one Goal: get every citizen to ride the bus Once.

August 02, 2008, at 11:57 AM by bs -
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Dear Ms. Jackie Janz, spokesperson for County Transit:

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Dear County Government:

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Fix the annual survey so you get useful information.

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  • The annual survey does not ask what can be done to make buses better. Why not?
  • The annual survey does not interview former riders. Why not? Find out why they quit.
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  • The annual survey does not ask what can be done to make buses better. Why not?
  • The annual survey does not interview former riders. Why not? Find out why they quit.
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  • Require that every Transit employee ride the bus periodically.
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  • Require that every Transit employee ride the bus periodically. And bring comments to work.
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Transportation money made Park East Developments possible

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Federal Transportation money made Park East Developments possible

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  • Raise parking fairs downtown. Make it economically undesirable to park a car. This will encourage people to take the bus and reduce traffic during the morning and afternoon commute. Use the money generated by the increased parking fees to offset the cost of transit.
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  • Advice to the CITY: Raise parking fairs downtown. Make it economically undesirable to park a car. This will encourage people to take the bus and reduce traffic during the morning and afternoon commute. Use the money generated by the increased parking fees to offset the cost of transit.
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  • Day Pass. Particularly useful to seniors who cannot go through the day without sitting and resting. Even one day a week, a “Seniors Day” - this will increase ridership.
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  • Day Pass. Particularly useful to seniors who cannot go through the day without sitting and resting. Even one day a week, a “Seniors Day” - this will increase ridership.
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  • Replace Transit TV with a useful tool for passengers — one that shows where exactly the bus is, and what streets are coming up. The “major stop” route would still be shown on the left of the screen. Always show the time.
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  • Replace Transit TV with a useful tool for passengers — one that shows where exactly the bus is, and what streets are coming up. The “major stop” route would still be shown on the left of the screen. Time should always appear.
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  • Route 11, instead of cutting it, route it through the Pick n Save, Home Depot complex on Chase; and maybe Target (north of Oklahoma)
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  • Route 11 - route it through the Pick n Save, Home Depot complex on Chase; and maybe Target (north of Oklahoma)
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  • Bike racks on all buses.
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  • Bike racks on all buses. Sooner the better.
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All steps point to one Goal: get every citizen to ride the bus Once.

November 02, 2007, at 10:31 AM by billsell -
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Contact YOUR Milwaukee County Supervisor
and present this list.

MILWAUKEE COUNTY CAN ACT WHILE THE STATE DEBATES:)

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(:comment !! %green% [[BusesAreGreen/MilwaukeeCountySupervisors | Contact YOUR Milwaukee County Supervisor]] and present this list. !!%red%MILWAUKEE COUNTY CAN ACT WHILE THE STATE DEBATES:)

November 02, 2007, at 10:30 AM by billsell -
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MILWAUKEE COUNTY CAN ACT WHILE THE STATE DEBATES

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MILWAUKEE COUNTY CAN ACT WHILE THE STATE DEBATES:)

November 02, 2007, at 10:28 AM by billsell -
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November 02, 2007, at 10:27 AM by billsell -
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NOTE TO MILWAUKEE COUNTY.

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Note to Milwaukee County Government

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NOTE TO MILWAUKEE COUNTY

66 Rider-Recommended STEPS TO INCREASED TRANSIT REVENUE

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NOTE TO MILWAUKEE COUNTY.

Dear Ms. Jackie Janz, spokesperson for County Transit:

Bay View Riders offer 66 Rider-Recommended STEPS TO INCREASED TRANSIT REVENUE

October 30, 2007, at 07:48 PM by billsell -
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Dear Supervisor, “RIDE THAT BUS.” No excuses for elected officials.

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Dear Supervisor, “RIDE YOUR BUS.” You are the manager. Act like a manager.

October 28, 2007, at 12:31 PM by billsell -
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A word of advice first: Our political discussion in Milwaukee County government is depressing, moribund, with hours of “dead in the water” yammering about details. If the rest of the State has a bad attitude about Milwaukee County, perhaps maybe some of that is our fault.

We need positive talk and big cheers for the Milwaukee that drives the economy of the state. We need a fresh “business-like” approach to our problems. Research, fact finding, no more slogans.

Riders want and need a system we can brag about and want to board.

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Tax is not the issue; economic development, job service, and drawing industry back to the city is the issue. The financial solution will emerge when the discussion focuses on the value of what we are trying to do. We need a goal, first; the means will be easier to accept once we have an agreement on where we are going. Obviously a sales tax rise would include a reduction in property tax; and making that quid pro quo stick is absolutely part of the deal. But if the discussion in only about sales tax people will simply take sides, and not discuss the goal. The word “tax” is divisive.

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Tax is not the issue; economic development, job service, and drawing industry back to the city is the issue. The financial solution will emerge when the discussion focuses on the value of what we are trying to do. A good leader will establish a vision.

A word of advice first: Our political discussion in Milwaukee County government is depressing, moribund, with hours of “dead in the water” yammering about details. Ignore the trash talking from people who don’t care about the bus.

We need positive talk and big cheers for the Milwaukee that drives the economy of the state. We need a fresh “business-like” approach to our problems. Research, fact finding, no more slogans.

Riders want and need a system we can brag about and want to board.

October 28, 2007, at 12:28 PM by billsell -
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30 OBVIOUS STEPS TO INCREASE TRANSIT REVENUE

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66 Rider-Recommended STEPS TO INCREASED TRANSIT REVENUE

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This list of “30 obvious steps” will grow On This Page
with your help: Email your ideas to: Increasing Transit Revenue

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66 Ideas And Growing. Add yours: Email your ideas to: Increasing Transit Revenue

October 28, 2007, at 12:24 PM by billsell -
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  • Bus shelters need signs showing pictures how bus picks up wheelchairs.
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  • Bus shelters need pictures showing a wheelchair getting on and off a bus.
October 28, 2007, at 12:22 PM by billsell -
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Talk to passengers.

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Talk to passengers. Talk to former passengers.

  • The annual survey does not ask what can be done to make buses better. Why not?
  • The annual survey does not interview former riders. Why not? Find out why they quit.
  • The annual survey is done by phone. Why not ride the bus with a tape recorder and ask the riders. A qualitative data survey would be much more revealing.
  • Require that every Transit employee ride the bus periodically.

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  • By resolution of County Board and Common Council. Do it now.
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  • By resolution of Milwaukee County Board and Milwaukee Common Council. Do it now.
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Your friends

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Reward Your friends

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Here we have added suggestions since the first list of “30 Obvious Steps…” was published on August 20th

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Pay for services that compete with buses.

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  • Every bus has long areas of ad space, mostly unused. Use this space to highlight destinations on bus routes, in a way that encourages people to learn the system, and to know how buses serve us.
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  • Every bus has long areas of ad space, mostly unused. Use this space to highlight destinations on bus routes, in a way that encourages people to learn the system, and to know how buses serve us.
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  • Constantly improve wheel chair access
  • Bus shelters with signs showing how bus picks up wheelchairs.
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  • Constantly improve, promote wheel chair access.
  • Bus shelters need signs showing pictures how bus picks up wheelchairs.
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  • Take the $2 million revenue gained from the unfortunate 2007 bus cuts and use it to strengthen or expand other routes.
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  • Give bonuses to drivers whose passenger load goes up. (Friendly sells.)
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  • Give bonuses to drivers whose passenger load goes up. Passengers actually make a point of catching the bus with the friendly driver. (Friendly sells.)
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  • Finally, Watch Your Governmental Language. When you talk buses you are either selling or tearing down our bus system.
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  • Finally, Watch Your Governmental Language. When you talk buses you are either building or tearing down our bus system.
October 25, 2007, at 10:32 PM by billsell -
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Forget the usual talk jock radio programs who hate (Hate!!) public transportation. Provide information to Public Radio (Milwaukee has FOUR - WHAD, WUWM, WMSE, WYMS) who are happy to provide their listeners with exclusive information.

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  • Forget the usual talk jock radio programs who hate (Hate!!) public transportation. Provide information to Public Radio (Milwaukee has FOUR - WHAD, WUWM, WMSE, WYMS) who are happy to provide their listeners with exclusive information.
  • Promote Route-Free days on public radio. Reward listeners who are already friendly to public transportation.
  • Offer specials: Free weekly pass to the first three callers…
October 25, 2007, at 09:39 PM by billsell -
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Your friends
Forget the usual talk jock radio programs who hate (Hate!!) public transportation. Provide information to Public Radio (Milwaukee has FOUR - WHAD, WUWM, WMSE, WYMS) who are happy to provide their listeners with exclusive information.

September 03, 2007, at 05:25 PM by bs -
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TWO. Talk to passengers.

THREE. Transportation money made Park East Developments possible

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TWO.
Talk to passengers.

THREE.
Transportation money made Park East Developments possible

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FOUR AND MORE: Weekend Nights

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FOUR AND MORE:
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  • Mall information booths should have up to the minute bus information
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  • Mall information booths should have up to the minute bus information. Information people should know where the bus stops are and when they will arrive.
August 29, 2007, at 09:47 PM by billsell -
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Bus teaches riders what Milwaukee thinks about buses

August 29, 2007, at 09:45 PM by billsell -
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  • Raise parking fairs downtown. Make it economically undesirable to park a car. This will encourage people to take the bus and reduce traffic during the morning and afternoon commute. Use the money generated by the increased parking fees to offset the cost of transit.
August 29, 2007, at 10:17 AM by billsell -
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  • Sloppy appearance of schedules and “Bus Lines Newsletter” conveys the message that no one cares about this bus and that you ride be
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  • Sloppy appearance of schedules and “Bus Lines Newsletter” conveys the message that no one cares about this bus and that riders are losers.
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  • Bus schedules on the bus. Schedules for the route this bus is traveling. Especially when the bus leaves a transit center. This should be as routine as picking up the litter in the bus.
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  • Bus schedules on the bus. Schedules for the route this bus is traveling. Especially easy gesture when the bus leaves a transit center.
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August 29, 2007, at 10:14 AM by billsell -
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  • Look at the interior design of a bus and make sure it appears friendly to the new riders; encourage new riders to return by use of the ad space above the windows.
  • Encourage new riders to return by using bright interesting posters on the schedule box behind the driver.
  • Sloppy appearance of schedules and “Bus Lines Newsletter” conveys the message that no one cares about this bus and that you ride be
  • Every bus has long areas of ad space, mostly unused. Use this space to highlight destinations on bus routes, in a way that encourages people to learn the system, and to know how buses serve us.
  • Bus schedules on the bus. Schedules for the route this bus is traveling. Especially when the bus leaves a transit center. This should be as routine as picking up the litter in the bus.
August 28, 2007, at 10:13 AM by billsell -
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Here we have added suggestion since the first list of “30 Obvious Steps…” was published on August 20th

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Here we have added suggestions since the first list of “30 Obvious Steps…” was published on August 20th

August 28, 2007, at 10:12 AM by billsell -
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Additions to this original list of the “30 Obvious Steps…”

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Here we have added suggestion since the first list of “30 Obvious Steps…” was published on August 20th

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  • WiFi instead of Transit TV. Drivers prefer to work than to be stuck in traffic or drugged with cheap commercials.
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  • WiFi instead of Transit TV. Commuters prefer to work than to be stuck in traffic or drugged with cheap commercials.
  • Day Pass. Particularly useful to seniors who cannot go through the day without sitting and resting. Even one day a week, a “Seniors Day” - this will increase ridership.
  • Mall information booths should have up to the minute bus information
  • Experiment - send bus through promising new routes on an experimental “free ride” basis.
August 26, 2007, at 10:17 PM by billsell -
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Additions to this original list of “30″ Obvious Steps”

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Additions to this original list of the “30 Obvious Steps…”

August 26, 2007, at 10:16 PM by billsell -
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  • ‘your idea here… Email to Increasing Transit Revenue
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  • your idea here… Email to Increasing Transit Revenue
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  • WiFi instead of Transit TV. Drivers prefer to work than to be stuck in traffic or drugged with cheap commercials.
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  • WiFi instead of Transit TV. Drivers prefer to work than to be stuck in traffic or drugged with cheap commercials.
August 26, 2007, at 10:15 PM by billsell -
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  • Music, poetry, readings on evening buses where most riders are going out.
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  • Music, poetry, readings on evening buses when most riders are going out.
  • WiFi instead of Transit TV. Drivers prefer to work than to be stuck in traffic or drugged with cheap commercials.
  • ‘your idea here… Email to Increasing Transit Revenue
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with your help: Email your ideas to: Increasing Transit Revenue

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with your help: Email your ideas to: Increasing Transit Revenue

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Suggestions added by riders as of August 26, 2007

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Additions to this original list of “30″ Obvious Steps”

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Suggestions added by riders as of August 26, 2007

  • On voting days, route buses to polling places.
  • Music, poetry, readings on evening buses where most riders are going out.

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TWO. Talk to passengers.

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TWO. Talk to passengers.

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Park East Development tax revenue belongs to Transit.

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Park East Development tax revenue belongs to Transit.
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FOUR AND MORE: Weekend Nights

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FOUR AND MORE: Weekend Nights

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More Passengers, Fewer Drivers.

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More Passengers, Fewer Drivers.

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Efficient use of total bus time. Moving buses faster along their routes

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Efficient use of total bus time. Moving buses faster along their routes

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Wheel Chair cost saving

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Wheel Chair cost saving

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Reassuring passengers who are waiting:

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Reassuring passengers who are waiting:

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Reward Revenue Sources

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Reward Revenue Sources

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Convince drivers to take the bus by promoting the bus as “Hip”

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Convince car drivers to take the bus by promoting the bus as “Hip”

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Use your assets. Marry buses to parks and entertainment

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Use your assets. Marry buses to parks and entertainment

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with your help: Send your ideas to: Increasing Transit Revenue

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with your help: Email your ideas to: Increasing Transit Revenue

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MORE PASSENGERS IS THE GOAL. LOWER FARES. PROMOTE. MARKET. CHEERLEAD.

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MORE PASSENGERS IS THE GOAL. LOWER FARES. PROMOTE. MARKET. CHEERLEAD.

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  • Market Bus To Work in the same way that Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin promoted successful Bike To Work

Week - going to work places to recruit a proactive coordinator and get the support of management.

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  • Market Bus To Work in the same way that Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin promoted successful Bike To Work Week - going to work places to recruit a proactive coordinator and get the support of management.
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  • No one goes to surgery based on years-long discussions of cutting, bone sawing, stitching skin, bleeding and hospital death rates. SO THEREFORE
  • Stop talking taxes first.

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  • No one goes to surgery based on years-long discussions of cutting, bone sawing, stitching skin, bleeding and hospital death rates. SO THEREFORE
  • Stop talking taxes first.
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  • No one goes to surgery based on years-long discussions of cutting, bone sawing, stitching skin, bleeding and hospital death rates. SO THEREFORE…
  • Stop talking taxes first.
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  • No one goes to surgery based on years-long discussions of cutting, bone sawing, stitching skin, bleeding and hospital death rates. SO THEREFORE
  • Stop talking taxes first.
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  • Talk GOALS. Government should lead, not follow.
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  • Talk GOALS. Government should lead, not follow.
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  • Stop talking taxes first. >><< Talk GOALS. Government should lead, not follow.
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  • Stop talking taxes first.

  • Talk GOALS. Government should lead, not follow.
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  • No one goes to surgery based on years-long discussions of cutting, bone sawing, stitching skin,
    bleeding and hospital death rates. SO THEREFORE…

  • Stop talking taxes first. Talk GOALS. Government should lead, not follow.
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  • No one goes to surgery based on years-long discussions of cutting, bone sawing, stitching skin, bleeding and hospital death rates. SO THEREFORE…

  • Stop talking taxes first. >><< Talk GOALS. Government should lead, not follow.
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(a) Faster boarding (b) Faster get-a-way from bus stop:
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(a) Faster boarding (b) Faster get-a-way from bus stop:
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  • Marketing with Theaters: specify the Route # bus you need to get to a specific movie or drama or dance or opera or symphony or basketball game. Market this with OnMilwaukee.COM
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  • Marketing with Theaters: specify the Route # bus you need to get to a specific movie or drama or dance or opera or symphony or basketball game. Market this with OnMilwaukee.COM
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  • No one goes to surgery based on years-long discussions of cutting, bone sawing, stitching skin,
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(a) Faster boarding (b) Faster get-a-way from bus stop:

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  • Give bonuses to drivers whose passenger load goes up. (Friendly still sells.)
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  • Give bonuses to drivers whose passenger load goes up. (Friendly sells.)
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NUMBER ONE. Dear Supervisor, “RIDE THAT BUS.” No excuses for elected officials.

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NUMBER ONE.
Dear Supervisor, “RIDE THAT BUS.” No excuses for elected officials.

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“”A word of advice first:”“ Our political discussion in Milwaukee County government is depressing, moribund, with hours of “dead in the water” yammering about details. If the rest of the State has a bad attitude about Milwaukee County, perhaps maybe some of that is our fault.

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A word of advice first: Our political discussion in Milwaukee County government is depressing, moribund, with hours of “dead in the water” yammering about details. If the rest of the State has a bad attitude about Milwaukee County, perhaps maybe some of that is our fault.

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‘A word of advice first:’ Our political discussion in Milwaukee County government is depressing, moribund, with hours of “dead in the water” yammering about details. If the rest of the State has a bad attitude about Milwaukee County, perhaps maybe some of that is our fault.

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“”A word of advice first:”“ Our political discussion in Milwaukee County government is depressing, moribund, with hours of “dead in the water” yammering about details. If the rest of the State has a bad attitude about Milwaukee County, perhaps maybe some of that is our fault.

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  • Market Bus To Work in the same way that Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin promoted successful Bike To Work Week - going to work places to recruit a proactive coordinator and get the support of management.
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  • Market Bus To Work in the same way that Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin promoted successful Bike To Work

Week - going to work places to recruit a proactive coordinator and get the support of management.

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  • No one goes to surgery based on years-long discussions of cutting, bone sawing, stitching skin, bleeding and hospital death rates. SO THEREFORE…
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  • No one goes to surgery based on years-long discussions of cutting, bone sawing, stitching skin,

bleeding and hospital death rates. SO THEREFORE…

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A word of advice first: Our political discussion in Milwaukee County government is depressing, moribund, with hours of “dead in the water” yammering about details. If the rest of the State has a bad attitude about Milwaukee County, perhaps maybe some of that is our fault.

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Contact YOUR Milwaukee County Supervisor and present this list.

‘A word of advice first:’ Our political discussion in Milwaukee County government is depressing, moribund, with hours of “dead in the water” yammering about details. If the rest of the State has a bad attitude about Milwaukee County, perhaps maybe some of that is our fault.

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NOTE TO MILWAUKEE COUNTY

30 OBVIOUS STEPS TO INCREASE TRANSIT REVENUE

MORE PASSENGERS IS THE GOAL. LOWER FARES. PROMOTE. MARKET. CHEERLEAD.

This list of “30 obvious steps” will grow On This Page
with your help: Send your ideas to: Increasing Transit Revenue

Call your County Supervisor and ask them to work on these items.

A word of advice first: Our political discussion in Milwaukee County government is depressing, moribund, with hours of “dead in the water” yammering about details. If the rest of the State has a bad attitude about Milwaukee County, perhaps maybe some of that is our fault.

We need positive talk and big cheers for the Milwaukee that drives the economy of the state. We need a fresh “business-like” approach to our problems. Research, fact finding, no more slogans.
Riders want and need a system we can brag about and want to board.

MILWAUKEE COUNTY CAN ACT WHILE THE STATE DEBATES

NUMBER ONE. Dear Supervisor, “RIDE THAT BUS.” No excuses for elected officials.
TWO. Talk to passengers.
THREE. Transportation money made Park East Developments possible
Park East Development tax revenue belongs to Transit.

  • By resolution of County Board and Common Council. Do it now.

FOUR AND MORE: Weekend Nights

  • Twice as many buses on Friday, Saturday nights on bar-restaurant routes
  • Friday, Saturday night bus transfers should be a hand stamp, good for the whole evening, the ride home.
  • Promote Friday, Saturday night buses with “Master Lock” level TV commercials, to convince folks this is easier than driving and drinking.
  • Friday and Saturday night buses will be Transit’s cash cows - to support the weaker routes, to build new ones.

More Passengers, Fewer Drivers.

  • Ask riders what it would take to ride more often.
  • Rail or street cars or articulated buses haul more passengers. One driver can pull several cars.

Efficient use of total bus time. Moving buses faster along their routes

  • Make bus driver more efficient by selling transfer from bus stop kiosk, accessible by coin or credit card.
  • Transfer is read by scanner - technology is used around the world.

(a) Faster boarding (b) Faster get-a-way from bus stop:
Wheel Chair cost saving

  • Constantly improve wheel chair access
  • Bus shelters with signs showing how bus picks up wheelchairs.
  • Each time a disabled person chooses the bus over Para Transit, he or she is saving Transit about $20.

Reassuring passengers who are waiting:

  • Each bus stop will have bus-GPS driven digital clock telling rider when the next bus will arrive.
  • Each bus stop will have schedule posted. And Transit System map.

Reward Revenue Sources

  • Accurate count of passengers gives information to build the system
  • Give bonuses to drivers whose passenger load goes up. (Friendly still sells.)
  • Give awards to consistent bus riders.
    • Coffee Coupons?
    • Annual awards dinners $15 per plate includes bus pass for the following week.
    • Awards during Downtown Night Out when restaurants are competing
  • Persuade coffee vendors to participate
  • Earmark revenue from revenue positive routes to pay for marketing of the weaker routes. If all revenue is thrown into the same pot, there is no strategy for success.
  • Promote weaker routes with gimmicks. All routes feed all routes.
    • Give occasional free rides on selected routes so newbies will try the bus.
    • Take Route #11 (and others) to a food store, perhaps a detour to the Holt Street Pick & Save
    • Route #11 could also detour into Target on Chase
    • Drop passengers with shopping carts at the door.
    • Stores so served can be persuaded to reward customers with a bus ticket.

Convince drivers to take the bus by promoting the bus as “Hip”

  • Market Bus To Work in the same way that Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin promoted successful Bike To Work Week - going to work places to recruit a proactive coordinator and get the support of management.
  • In exchange for Bike Racks, get BFW volunteers to show Transit how to promote bus.
  • Replace Transit TV with a useful tool for passengers — one that shows where exactly the bus is, and what streets are coming up. The “major stop” route would still be shown on the left of the screen. Always show the time.
  • Transit TV should show connecting routes as they are coming up.
  • Turn off the sound of the Transit TV so people can work and read on the bus while they are commuting.
  • If there MUST be sound (passenger unfriendly) charge advertiser more. Lower rates for video only.

Use your assets. Marry buses to parks and entertainment

  • Marketing our Parks: packaged outings for families to get on a bus and visit our amazing parks.
  • Marketing with Theaters: specify the Route # bus you need to get to a specific movie or drama or dance or opera or symphony or basketball game. Market this with OnMilwaukee.COM
  • Marketing with Zoological Society: special express buses taking people directly to the zoo.
  • Express buses - not waiting for Walker’s or Barrett’s express bus plan, but just promote, run and promote some #30, #15, #14, #10 buses with fewer stops.
  • Route 11, instead of cutting it, route it through the Pick n Save, Home Depot complex on Chase; and maybe Target (north of Oklahoma)
  • Bike racks on buses that go to County Parks.
  • Bike racks on all buses.
  • Finally, Watch Your Governmental Language. When you talk buses you are either selling or tearing down our bus system.
  • No one goes to surgery based on years-long discussions of cutting, bone sawing, stitching skin, bleeding and hospital death rates. SO THEREFORE…
  • Stop talking taxes first. Talk GOALS. Government should lead, not follow.
    Tax is not the issue; economic development, job service, and drawing industry back to the city is the issue. The financial solution will emerge when the discussion focuses on the value of what we are trying to do. We need a goal, first; the means will be easier to accept once we have an agreement on where we are going. Obviously a sales tax rise would include a reduction in property tax; and making that quid pro quo stick is absolutely part of the deal. But if the discussion in only about sales tax people will simply take sides, and not discuss the goal. The word “tax” is divisive.

Discuss with the neighbors. Join the creators of this effort by sending an email to
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