I thought I'd repost a few lines from several Waukesha-related transit items from this blog or a Crossroads piece in I wrote that look relevant in light of a meeting about transit and water - - troubled waters - - scheduled for a Common Council meeting Wednesday in Milwaukee City Hall.
Each headline is a hyperlink, and clicking on it will take you to the full text - - and remember, Milwaukee's conditions for selling water to a community like Waukesha include proving that there are transit plans in place that have been effective as a job opportunity tool for Milwaukee residents:
...a written report to the aforementioned communication file indicating that the community has adopted and implemented...
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.----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Tuesday, November 22, 2011Cutting transit to Milwaukee, again, are we?
Including service from downtown Waukesha to Milwaukee, the Journal Sentinel reports.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Cut a bus route to the New Berlin Industrial Park.
This is getting routine for Waukesha County...
Monday, June 21, 2010
Now it's a line to Quad/Graphics.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Well, it's official; The Waukesha County Board of Supervisors has decided - - unanimously - - to decline joining a regional transit authority.
Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008
Had talk radio and suburban opposition not sunk a 1997 plan, we’d be riding sleek transit by nowA starter light rail system was recommended for Milwaukee County in a major state-funded regional transportation study in the 1990s that had considerable public and private sector support.
But conservative AM talk radio and opposition in Waukesha County blocked further study of light rail for Milwaukee, even though $241 million in federal funds was set aside specifically for transit improvements in Milwaukee County.
Had plans unfolded on schedule, the starter light rail, with an estimated 21,000 riders on weekdays, would have opened in 2006 and run about 10 miles from the Third Ward to Summerfest, downtown, Miller Park, the Milwaukee County Zoo and the County Grounds...
Extensions to Milwaukee's north side and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee would have generated support, and light rail could have assisted Waukesha County commuters because years of Zoo Interchange and I-94 reconstruction are planned west of Milwaukee...
But Daniel Finley, a Republican then-Waukesha County executive, vetoed his board's resolution over the light rail element, even though the proposed line didn't extend into Waukesha County.
Said the Freeman, Waukesha's daily paper, on 6/28/08:
Regional leaders, including some from Waukesha County, were involved in several discussions this week to discuss regional transportation issues.
The Waukesha County Action Network held talks about funding transportation and regional leaders attended a summit in Milwaukee to discuss transportation and mass transit.
We’d like to address a few items that came up during the discussions:
First of all, while we are fine with regional partnerships and cooperation, we remain firmly against Waukesha County being part of a regional transit authority.
It doesn’t make sense and is not in the interest of Waukesha County residents is to establish a regional transit authority that has the power to raise your taxes and will have aims that mostly benefit Milwaukee...
Leaders repeatedly referenced Mark Belling’s recent Freeman column critical of mass transit. But instead of taking his opinion into consideration, many of the leaders chalked it up to the NEGATIVE climate surrounding the regional transit issue.
This dismissive attitude from some of these leaders toward those who oppose a regional transit authority is arrogant and condescending.
The reason there is negativity toward a regional transit authority is because it is a bad idea that would cost taxpayers a lot of money. Of course, we realize we will now be labeled as part of the NEGATIVE alliance against light rail and high taxes. We can live with that.
Friday, December 21, 2007
Here's how one leading Waukesha County official put it to the Journal Sentinel:
'Waukesha County Public Works Director Richard Bolte said he also did not sense any strong sentiment for maintaining the service when County Board members debated and approved the 2008 budget with no money for Route No. 9.
'The route's low ridership makes it a logical candidate for elimination, Bolte said.
"I didn't push the route real hard," he said, "because I didn't think it was worth saving...."