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Walker Looks To Cripple Transit System

Posted by Chris Liebenthal on August 12, 2010

From Milwaukee County First:

We all knew that Scott Walker’s 2011 Milwaukee County Budget was going to be ugly, but now we are starting to see exactly how ugly it is going to get.  Due to the facts that Scott Walker couldn’t administer his way out of a brown paper bag, doesn’t understand or doesn’t care about the needs of the people he is supposed to be serving, and is too preoccupied for with his perpetual run for the governor’s seat, the citizens of Milwaukee County are about to pay a very dear price.

Things are going to be so bad for the transit system, that County Supervisor Johnny Thomas and transit supporters are going to hold a rally on Tuesday, August 10th, at 11 a.m. to protest the cuts that are being recommended and to call on Scott Walker to find creative solutions instead.  The rally will be at the State Fair Park – Ride Lot on South 76th Street and Adler Street (two blocks south of I-94, on the west side of 76th Street).

Here are some of the cuts to the transit system and fare hikes that Walker is currently considering (when he is not out traveling the state, campaigning on our dime):

  • Elimination of all Freeway Flyer routes
  • Elimination of all Summerfest Flyers (those are the buses that go to and from all activities at the Summerfest Grounds)
  • Elimination of regular routes #28, #64, #68 and #219
  • Elimination of some route segments, including the one going to MATC South
  • Weekday service hours would be cut down to 4:30 am to 12 midnight from the current 3:45 am to 3 am
  • Weekend service hours would be cut down to 6 am to 12 midnight from the current 4:30 am to 2:30 am on Saturdays or 2 am on Sundays
  • Thirteen routes will have their weekend service cut even further (routes #10, 11, 12, 14, 31, 33, 35, 51, 53, 4, 57, 67 and 80)
  • Fares would go up 25 cents
  • Weekly passes would go up one dollar
  • Paratransit fares would go up from $3.25 to $4
  • If Title 19 fails to come through with extra funding, paratransit routes will be cut to federal standards.  This would isolate a lot of disabled and elderly people, especially in the far southern suburbs.

These cuts will be devastating not only to the people that rely on the transit services, but to our local economy as well, as workers are no longer able to get to their jobs, people will not be able to get to the stores, and there will be an even greater difficulty getting in and out of downtown, which already has a dearth of affordable parking places.

And now that, thanks to the County Board pursuing stimulus dollars, we are getting new, more ecofriendly buses, it is shameful that Walker doesn’t take advantage of them.

If you cannot make the rally, there is still more you can do.  There will be more rallies in the future, and we will let you know as soon as we hear of them.  Also, you can contact Scott Walker’s office (odds are he will be off campaigning on our dime instead of doing his job) and tell whoever might answer the phone that you want Walker to save the transit system, not destroy it.  Walker’s office’s phone number is 278-4211 and his email is countyexec@milwcnty.com.

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