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Take Action for RTAs! (Greater Green Bay and Fox Cities)

Act to save your transit system! Across Wisconsin, communities recognize that their transit systems are in jeopardy. After the 2010 census, 13 midsize cities in Wisconsin, including Appleton and Green Bay, stand to lose federal transit operating funds, often 20 to 25% of their budgets.

Wisconsin needs the Legislature to act now to authorize these communities to create Regional Transit Authorities (RTAs). RTAs provide the framework for municipalities to plan, develop and operate multimodal transit systems together. And they can provide stable funding for these systems.

If you live in Brown County, tell your legislators to support legislation that authorizes the creation of a Greater Green Bay Regional Transit Authority for Greater Green Bay area (AB 282 or any amendment to a related bill).

If you live in the Fox Cities area, tell your legislator to support authorizing the creation of a Fox Cities Regional Transit Authority (AB 734).

Please add your own story/thoughts on why a well funded transit system with transportation choices is important you!

* Click here for Talking Points on RTAs

* Click here for a contact list of local elected officials

* Click here for a sample letter to your elected officials

* Click here for a sample telephone script to your elected officials

Allowing communities to self-supporting Regional Transit Authorities will:

busGrow Wisconsin's economy

  • RTAs spur transit system growth, stimulating both construction and manufacturing industries.
  • RTAs provide efficient multi-modal systems that give employers better access to workers, and workers better access to jobs.
  • RTAs sustain transit operations that hire locally, keeping dollars at home instead of sending them to Saudi Arabia for fuel.

Make Wisconsin healthier

  • RTAs support transit choices that can reduce air emissions, lowering health care costs for asthma and other diseases and keeping communities in compliance with air quality standards to avoid costly pollution sanctions on manufacturing sources.
  • RTAs can reduce the demand for parking and other paved areas, whose runoff degrades water quality and triggers costly anti-pollution measures.
  • RTAs can cut death and injury rates from transportation crashes, saving lives, reducing health care costs, and avoiding time lost from work.

Build stronger Wisconsin communities

  • RTAs provide a solid financial mechanism that allows Wisconsin to compete for federal transit-construction dollars.
  • RTAs can ease costly traffic congestion, insulate communities from fuel price shocks, and foster more efficient land development.
  • RTAs support transit options for commuters; regular transit riders can realize thousands of dollars in savings in avoided costs of driving and parking a car, especially when gas prices rise.
  • RTAs can organize and modernize our outdated, patchwork transportation system, giving our communities a competitive edge in attracting and retaining business and residents.

Click here to read Sierra Club's statement of support for the Dane County RTA from spring 2009.

Click here to read a Green Bay Press Gazette Article covering our recent transit forum in DePere

Questions? Contact Liz Wessel, lizard59sc@yahoo.com or 608-238-9934, Sierrans on the Move, a subgroup of the Chapter’s Global Warming Team.