Cutting transit to Milwaukee, again, are we?
Including service from downtown Waukesha to Milwaukee, the Journal Sentinel reports.
Waukesha County plans to reduce commuter service between Waukesha and downtown Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee beginning Jan. 2...
Route 901, which operates from downtown Waukesha to Milwaukee, including UWM, currently offers 21 trips weekdays....Proposed cutbacks would reduce the service to peak travel hours, with eight trips...weekdays.
Route 905 operates from various park-and-ride lots along I-94 between Oconomowoc and Milwaukee. Service is currently during morning and afternoon rush hours weekdays, and that service will be cut from the current six trips to five trips during the morning rush hour.There has been a cut-and-cut again transit service pattern coming out of Waukesha, city and county - - for years - - and years - - yet public and private sector officials there still believe that Milwaukee should sell the City of Waukesha all the water it wants to boost the suburban economy, while pretending that these matters are not coupled.
Waukesha is already getting from the state a fast-tracked Zoo Interchange reconstruction plan, with the connecting Story Hill I-94 segment in Milwaukee also at the top of state highway planners' timetables - - thus continuing the spending imbalance favoring road-building and suburban growth while transit connections to Milwaukee are starved.
Do state and Waukesha officials not see that these literal disconnects are profoundly anti-Milwaukee while favoring the suburbs, and that this blundering insensitivity and outright discriminatory behavior is bound to boomerang when it comes to getting the Lake Michigan water diversion that the City of Waukesha and its allies in the region want Milwaukee to provide, as the preferred seller?
Why would Milwaukee enhance the economy in an area that is continuing to deny access to transit, and thus housing and job opportunities, to Milwaukee residents?
This is not a new question.
And Milwaukee officials have spelled their out policy and communicated it openly and unambiguously more than once to make it clear that water sales are dependent on transit, jobs, housing and a broader view of regional cooperation that incorporates the needs of Milwaukee's residents.
To wit, the entire language, terms and conditions of the city's official water-selling policy as it effects the City of Waukesha.
And pay attention to Section D-3 in the governing, unanimously-approved Milwaukee Common Council resolution #080457, "Water Sales:"
D. Reporting requirements for the community which has applied for water service
In addition, for purposes of Common Council review, the community which has applied for water service from the City of Milwaukee shall submit a written report to the aforementioned communication file indicating that the community has adopted and implemented:
D-1. A comprehensive plan pursuant to s. 66.1001, Wis. Stats., and, if the plan has not been completed, indicate the status of the community’s compliance with each of the 9 requirements which comprise s. 66.1001 (2), Wis. Stats.
D-2. A comprehensive housing plan and can demonstrate that such plan has resulted in the creation of affordable housing opportunities that have resulted in racial, age and income diversification, with data on the percentage of population in assisted and affordable housing that is age 30 or less, above age 30 and below 65, and age 65 and above.
What part of "...has adopted and implemented...a comprehensive public transportation plan...has resulted in the expansion and improvement of public transportation links between persons living in the City of Milwaukee and job opportunities in the community which has applied for water service..." do officials out Waukesha way not comprehend?D-3. A comprehensive public transportation plan and can demonstrate that such plan has resulted in the expansion and improvement of public transportation links between persons living in the City of Milwaukee and job opportunities in the community which has applied for water service. Such plan may include, but is not limited to, participation and inclusion in the Southeast Wisconsin Regional Transportation Authority or an equivalent entity. [my note, see this.]
Let me simplify it.
What part of the meaning and import of "has adopted and implemented...public transportation plan...expansion and improvement" escapes Waukesha officials?
Or leads them to believe that those words and actions are synonymous with "repeatedly cut public transportation...expansion and improvement," as their behaviors show?