2017 Milwaukee County Budget - Recommendation for the GO Pass Program

Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Update

As discussed at the August Mental Health Task Force meeting, and our recent budget briefing, the 2017 DOT Transit (5600) budget proposes eliminating the GO pass program for people with disabilities and older adults, and offers the Cash Concession Fare (half price) as an alternative. Our Coalitions have seen that the GO Pass has been a very successful and positive program for people with disabilities and older adults, and a major support to their ability to live independently, maintain their health, and advance recovery. It has been a key support for people served by the Housing Division and Behavioral Health Division, and for many older adults and people with a range of disabilities. As documented in the attached letter to County Executive Abele, our coalitions have gathered data about current issue of the GO pass through surveys and statements from community agencies and urge that a compromise be found so that this important and successful program can continue.

Although the proposed discounted fare may be a viable option for many GO Pass users, there are also many GO Pass users who will not be able to afford the half price fare. As an alternative to elimination of the GO Pass, we recommend continuing the free GO Pass for people with disabilities and older adults, and limiting eligibility based on financial need. Gathering of the data and development of this recommendation has been a collaborative effort of Make It Work Milwaukee Coalition, Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force, and the Shelter and Transitional Housing Task Force.

We thank all of the individuals and agencies who contributed to this, and a special thank you to Grand Avenue Club and their members for their leadership in developing the survey and related advocacy.

There is still time to share your perspective about the benefits of the GO Pass with the County Executive and to complete the online budget survey.

Click here for the page with contact information for the County Executive: http://county.milwaukee.gov/CountyExecutive
Click here for a link to the 2017 County Budget survey: http://county.milwaukee.gov/2017BudgetInput

Click here for the GO Pass Letter

Barbara Beckert, Milwaukee Office Director: DISABILITY RIGHTS WISCONSIN
6737 W. Washington St., Suite 3230, Milwaukee, WI 53214
414–773–4646 Ext 2724 Voice
414–773–4647 Fax

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