Make It Work Milwaukee! Coalition

Act Now to Support Transit Services

in the 2012 Milwaukee County Budget

Background

Milwaukee County has started their 2012 budget process, and there are significant proposed cuts to public transit. In the proposed Transportation Budget, the fixed route bus system is reduced by 12% which will have a huge impact on the already slashed system. As for paratransit, which is known as Transit Plus, the proposed changes are devastating.

Transit Plus is Milwaukee County’s paratransit system. This system is mandated by federal law and is for individuals with disabilities who can not use the fixed route bus. Currently, Milwaukee County goes above and beyond the federal mandate by providing Transit Plus to the entire county. The 2012 proposed department budget reduces the service area to the federal minimum requirement. This would reduce the Transit Plus service area to 3/4th of a mile of the nearest fixed route.

This will result in individuals who currently rely on the program to no longer be eligible. Milwaukee County Transit System has estimated that 2,177 current Transit Plus users would no longer be able to use Transit Plus if this proposal makes it into the final 2012 budget. This proposal will also affect all of the other Transit Plus users who will still be eligible since these riders could no longer travel to locations that are not within 3/4th of a mile of a bus route. Areas in Bayside, Fox Point, River Hills, Greendale, Hales Corners, Franklin, Oak Creek, and possible others will be impacted. Many of the individuals who rely on Transit Plus do not have another means of transportation.

Not only is the Transit Plus service area proposed to be reduced, but Transit Plus fares are proposed to be increased $1.25 each way, making the fare $4.50 one way. These proposals will negatively impact individuals with disabilities and older adults and leave many without a means of transportation.

Action Requested

  • This is not the final budget – you can make a difference by contacting the County Executive and your Supervisor NOW! Ask them to maintain the county wide Transit Plus service area, so people with disabilities can maintain their independence.

  • Write a letter to the editor about the importance of funding Transit Plus. Letters are limited to 200 words and must include your name, address, and daytime phone. Email to jsedit@journalsentinel.com. (for help with writing a letter, email barbarab@drwi.org)

  • Collect stories about the need for countywide Transit Plus services and send to amisko@independencefirst.org.

  • Attend a County Board Listening Session and share your views with the board:
Sept. 14 at Kosciuszko Community Center (2201 South 7th Street) 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.,
Sept. 21 at Wauwatosa Library (7635 West North Avenue) 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 26 at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center (1531 West Vliet St) 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Sample Message

Dear County Executive Abele/County Supervisor _______________,

I ask you to maintain the Transit Plus service area to the entire county. Transit Plus is crucial to the independence, integration, and productivity of individuals with disabilities and older adults. Please use the additional paratransit funds from the state to continue serving people with disabilities countywide. (Please individualize with a personal story and sign your full name and address).

!Milwaukee County Elected Officials – Contact Information
County Executive Chris Abele 901 N. 9th Street Courthouse, Room 306 Milwaukee, WI 53233–1458 Phone:414–278–4211 Fax:414–223–1375 countyexec@milwcnty.comMilwaukee County Board of Supervisors Milwaukee County Courthouse 901 N. 9th Street, RM 201 Milwaukee, WI 53233 Phone:414–278–4222 Fax:414–278–1380
Note: If you are not sure who your supervisor is, call the main number 278–4222.
DistrictSupervisorPhoneE-mail
1.Theodore Lipscomb278–4257Theodore.Lipscomb@milwcnty.com
2.Nikiya Harris278–4278nikiya.harris@milwcnty.com
3.Gerry Broderick278–4237gerry.broderick@milwcnty.com
4.Marina Dimitrijevic278–4232marina.dimitrijevic@milwcnty.com
5.Lee Holloway278–4261lee.holloway@milwcnty.com
6.Joseph Rice278–4243joseph.rice@milwcnty.com
7.Michael Mayo Sr.278–4241michael.mayo@milwcnty.com
8.Patricia Jursik278–4231patricia.jursik@milwcnty.com
9.Paul Cesarz278–4267paul.cesarz@milwcnty.com
10.Eyon Biddle278–4265Eyon.biddle@milwcnty.com
11.Mark Borkowski278–4253mark.borkowski@milwcnty.com
12.Peggy West278–4269peggy.west@milwcnty.com
13.Willie Johnson Jr.278–4233willie.johnson@milwcnty.com
14.Jason Haas278–4252Jason.haas@milwcnty.com
15.Lynne De Bruin278–4263lynne.debruin@milwcnty.com
16.John Weishan, Jr.278–4255john.weishan@milwcnty.com
17.Joe Sanfelippo278–4247joe.sanfelippo@milwcnty.com
18.Johnny L. Thomas278–4259johnny.thomas@milwcnty.com
19.Luigi Schmitt278–4273james.schmitt@milwcnty.com

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