Milwaukee County Transit System shortfall could prompt fare increases, service cuts

Milwaukee County officials must make up for estimated $10 million budget gap By Steve Schultze of the Journal Sentinel An estimated $10 million shortfall in the Milwaukee County Transit System’s 2011 budget is fostering renewed worries about possible route cuts, fare increases or trims to the county’s paratransit service for people with disabilities. Higher operating […]

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Milwaukee County Supervisor revives call for $1 bus fares

By Steve Schultze of the Journal Sentinel The idea flopped two years ago when Milwaukee County Supervisor Mark Borkowski floated it, but that didn’t stop him Monday from renewing his suggestion that local bus fare be cut to $1 as a way to boost ridership. Persistent predictions that the transit system is on the verge […]

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Milwaukee losing bang for streetcar bucks

By Sean Ryan A potential yearlong environmental review for a proposed streetcar system in Milwaukee would further devalue the federal grant the city wants to use for construction. Milwaukee officials are trying to avoid that scenario. “Every year we wait, the value of that money diminishes because of inflation,” said Alderman Robert Bauman. “So every […]

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Milwaukee Council President Hines, others lobby for transit sales tax

By Larry Sandler of the Journal Sentinel Milwaukee Common Council President Willie Hines Jr. joined business and labor leaders Tuesday in urging state lawmakers to approve legislation expanding the Southeastern Regional Transit Authority and authorizing a 0.5% Milwaukee County sales tax for transit. “The current financing strategy is obsolete and can no longer sustain our […]

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