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Friday, May 21, 2021

Be a transit advocate - May 27 open house

One of the most important ways individuals and households can reduce their greenhouse gas emissions is to stop driving fossil fueled vehicles. Using "active transit," walking, biking, or taking the bus, not only is major climate action, but it also makes for less congestion, healthier people, cleaner air, and a more equitable community.

If you don't take the bus, why is that? To be sure, while our service is good for Wisconsin, it's not so great for those who don't live near a bus line, have to go places outside of service hours, or have other issues. But, that shouldn't be an invitation to forget about the bus. It should be a call to get involved in advocating for better bus service--more and more frequent service, more convenient routes, better connections.

Not everyone can, should, or can afford to own and drive a car (the national average cost to own and maintain a vehicle is more than $9,000!) Should that relegate them to living half-lives, unable to go to an event because the bus has stopped running, unable to take a job because the bus doesn't go there, unable to visit friends because there's no service?

If those of us who claim to care about the climate, about economic justice, about equity, about community would advocate for better public transportation, it would make a difference.

Here's your chance:

The La Crosse Area Planning Committee is embarking on a process to create a 10-year Regional Transit Development Plan, and your input is needed!

A virtual open house will take place through Zoom on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 5 p.m. to discuss future transit service improvements for La Crosse Municipal Transit Utility (MTU), Onalaska Shared Ride (OSR), and Scenic Mississippi Regional Transit (SMRT). We want to hear from the community – transit users and non-users alike – about how bus service could be improved, and what it should look like in the future. Please click the link below to register for the open house meeting.

Register in advance for the open house on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 5pm here:

https://srfconsulting.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_g8tgKQYpQNWWO6D2LhP3bQ

Passcode: LCRTDP

The TDP will report existing conditions, public feedback, community needs, and recommendations for how the area transit operators should align services to meet the needs of a growing region. We want to hear about your experiences with La Crosse regional transit services and gather feedback on how we should prioritize service improvements.

Share this open house invite with others in the La Crosse region! Please help us spread the word by sharing this open house invite with your family, friends, colleagues and networks.

The project is an initiative of the La Crosse Area Planning Committee (LAPC). Visit www.lacrossecounty.org/metropolitan-planning-organization/LAPC-Home/regional-transit-development-plan for more information.

 

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