Springfield College

Process in Change

Spring 2009

Professor: Linda Mistele

PROJECT: The Need for Transit in Milwaukee County

Objective: Write a report based on data gathered from business owners and potential employees regarding the impact of Milwaukee County Transit’s service on their livelihood.

Target Area: Southern Milwaukee County, specifically: Hales Corners, Franklin, Rawson Ave.

Considerations: http://www4.uwm.edu/ced/publications/transitstudy08.pdf

UWM Center for Economic Development report “Out of Service” indicates that 40,000 jobs have become inaccessible between 2001 and 2007 due to transit service cuts. (Compare this to: Expected loss of 65,000 more jobs state-wide due to the present recession.) If current trend continues, it is estimated that by 2010, MCTS will lose 30% of its capacity and 101,066 jobs will become inaccessible thus having disastrous impacts on the regional economy.

You will need: Milwaukee County Transit Map, access to internet and transportation.


1. Professor provides student a list of business from which student selects 10 to interview.

2. Professor reviews list with student - Assists in developing any further specific questions as relevant to business selected.

3. Student develops interview with the following questions and any additional questions if added.


Student writes report on findings demonstrating the impacts of transit on poverty, crime and economic development.

(Optional) BRT analysis

Examine County proposal of BRT plan. http://www.county.milwaukee.gov/ImageLibrary/Groups/cntyExecutive/SMART_plusWeb.pdf

Answer question: Will BRT fill the gap to connect employees to jobs?


1. Do you believe the lack of transit is hurting your business? If yes, please describe how.

3. Of your current employees, from what part of the region do they commute? How do they get to and from work?

5. Do you believe your employees would use Transit if available?

7. Would you have access to more employees if transit served your area?

9. Are there any positions in particular that you have a hard time filling or keeping filled?

11. Do you believe the lack of transit accessibility is a factor?

13. Could you describe this position and a profile of the type of candidate you seek? Education, experience requirements, pay range?

15. When you need to replace this position, what is the cost to your business?

17. Do you believe that having access to Transit would improve your business? Please describe how.


Upon completion of interviewing business owners, student meets with professor to review data. Based on results, professor assigns interview contacts and subsequent questions for 2nd part of interviews - Potential Employees.

 Linda - 

Following are recommended sources for finding interviewees for Part 2 Potential Employees. Subsequent questions to follow.

1. Employment Agencies serving southern suburbs

  • Professional Engineering Placements, Inc.

11941 West Rawson Avenue
Franklin, WI 53132
(414) 427–1700

  • Hatch Staffing Services

7071 South 13th Street
Oak Creek, WI 53154
Telephone: (414) 571–7000

2. Milwaukee County - Main Welfare Office
Marcia P. Coggs Human Services Center
1220 W. Vliet St.
Milwaukee, WI

3. Milwaukee Municipal Court
951 James Lovell St. (formerly N. 7th St.)
Milwaukee, WI
(414) 286–3800

4. Misdemeanor Court

Project was developed by Megan Carr and Bill Sell

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