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Sep 16

Busing … In Wisconsin

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Normally I don’t simply repost articles found somewhere else on the web because it doesn’t allow me to get the proper amount of snark needed for one of these posts, but here is an article you’ll probably never see on your own about the regional bus systes in Wisconsin. This comes from the Let’s Save Michigan blog via the Michigan Municipal League Twitter feed.

Nearly every major transit agency in the country is supported by local-option taxes, like an additional sales tax, but legislators won’t touch the issue because of the “t word”–despite the fact that the proposed taxes would be permissible and would have to be approved by a vote of the people.

Truly effective transit systems are regional and comprehensive and allow people to get from one point to another in a timely and reliable manner. The piecemeal system that currently operates in Southeast Michigan is not meeting the needs of the region and should be addressed by both state and local leaders.

Southeast Michigan has competing bus services that, due to their limited mandates, fail to develop systems that go beyond current bus services, stay financially solvent, or meet regional needs–like being able to get from a place in the city to a place in the suburbs (or, god forbid, the airport) without a transfer at Eight Mile or a mall parking lot in Dearborn.

HERE is the complete article.

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