Graphic for Transit Equity Day event 2022. Shows outlines of people using various forms of transit with a subtitle "Getting Transit On Track for Our Future."

Transit Equity Day

For the past few years, 1000 Friends of Wisconsin has helped organize and participated in Transit Equity Day, an event that celebrates Rosa Parks’ act of resistance and the right for all to high-quality, accessible public transportation. Held annually on her birthday, February 4th, Transit Equity Day is a nationwide event that calls for elected […]

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Press Release: Wisconsin commemorates Rosa Parks’ birthday with Transit Equity Day

Press conference and proclamations uplift the importance of public transit for racial equity, access and the environment. Governor Evers and several mayors in Wisconsin (including Madison, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Oshkosh, and Appleton, Neenah, Menasha) have proclaimed February 4, 2022 Transit Equity Day to commemorate Rosa Parks’ birthday. This event featured elected officials and transit advocates […]

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La Crosse Transit

Forward Thinking – La Crosse Transit

#3 – La Crosse Municipal Transit – Embracing the Future La Crosse continues to be a transit leader in Wisconsin. Recently, the City’s transit manager, Adam Lorentz said they are trying to get as many rides as possible on their fourteen new buses. Pre-pandemic, La Crosse averaged a million rides a year and they are […]

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Fix at Six Cover, I-94 in downtown milwaukee taken underneath the overpasses showing a river and an inhospitable environment

Fix at Six Report – A sustainable alternative to expanding I-94 in Milwaukee

For several months, 1000 Friends and our partners have been working on a report to discuss the future of I-94 and the potential for more sustainable and just alternatives to expansion. Check out the project website for ways to support the project and to learn more: Project Details As you may know, WisDOT is […]

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A map of the draft KRM commuter rail line that connects Kenosha, Racine, and Milwaukee along with more stops in between.

Forward Thinking – City of Racine

#2 – City of Racine – Embracing Commuter Rail Racine’s City Council remains committed to the Kenosha-Racine-Milwaukee (KRM) commuter rail line more than a decade after efforts were ended by the legislature. The City of Racine recognizes that climate change is a growing threat to their Lake Michigan fronting community and that commuter rail could […]

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2021-2023 Budget: Most Harmful State Transportation Budget in a Decade

This week Governor Evers signed the 2021-23 biennial budget (2021 Wisconsin Act 58), which included an unprecedented one-time 50% cut to the transit systems in Milwaukee and Madison over the next two years. While the shortfall in transit funding may be filled by federal COVID relief funds, it is not guaranteed. These one-time cuts are deeply distressing and we […]

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