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Letter to Lt. Gov. Barnes – Support Ambitious Transportation Recommendations

Letter to the Task Force on Climate Change. 1000 Friends has been closely monitoring the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change to make sure that ambitious and equitable recommendations on land use and transportation are included in the final report. Back in March, we were asked to give a presentation before the task force on […]

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Transit leaders meet in Portage

1000 Friends, along with our partners WISPIRG, Sierra Club and WISDOM organized a day-long summit of community leaders working for a more equitable transportation system in Wisconsin on March 10, 2018. The goal of the summit was to build a stronger network of transit advocates and highlight a common message—the need for greater state investment in public transportation.

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A Milwaukee "Joblines" bus that connects workers to businesses. Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

RTAs: An Obvious Solution to Workforce Woes

Businesses across Wisconsin are struggling to find workers. A lack of reliable public transportation options has left qualified workers in Milwaukee and other regions of the state unable to travel to well-paying jobs in nearby communities. It’s reached a point where WisDOT Secretary Dave Ross has announced plans to develop a pilot program with non-profit […]

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Minneapolis light rail system, funded by an RTA, connects thousands of people to jobs every day.

The top 5 reasons why we need RTAs in 2018

You’ve all heard of the cash crunch that the state is in and how we’re struggling to maintain our transportation infrastructure. Politicians have been recently exploring different ways to fund our roads and public transit systems. One solution that hasn’t gotten much attention is the creation of Regional Transportation Authorities or RTA.

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