Ald. Bob Donovan
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Alternative transit proposal gaining momentum

Three Milwaukee County Supervisors voice support for Alderman Donovan’s proposal

By - Feb 4th, 2015 12:46 pm

The alternative Milwaukee transit proposal released yesterday by Alderman Bob Donovan – Moving Milwaukee Forward – A Common Sense, Cutting Edge Transit Alternative: Transit-On-Demand/Premium Transit – is already receiving support from members of the Milwaukee County Board.

In a statement released yesterday, Supervisor Deanna Alexander called Alderman Donovan’s proposal “decidedly more attractive than the streetcar.”

“This is a logical alternative to the downtown streetcar. Part of this new plan offers service on demand, similar to Uber and Lyft!” Supervisor Alexander said in the statement. “It will meet the goals of the streetcar plan with less money, more versatility, and expanded service to Milwaukee’s most underserved populations.” “It’s time to really examine ways to move people in the downtown area, without needless committing to fixed routes at exorbitant prices,” Supervisor Alexander said.

Supervisor Mark Borkowski also supports the alternative transit proposal. “Moving Milwaukee Forward has merit and makes good sense,”

Supervisor Borkowski said. “In addition, the plan would be a big boost to Milwaukee County Transit Services, with $13 million for added bus routes to get people to jobs and work, and it would potentially off-set some of the county’s para-transit costs,” Supervisor Borkowski said.

Supervisor Steve Taylor said the proposed six-mile service area of Alderman Donovan’s transit proposal is appealing. “We’re talking about a system that would serve a much larger portion of our population and get people to many, many more destinations,” Supervisor Taylor said.

“Moving Milwaukee Forward would be smarter, faster and less expensive than the streetcar, and it makes better fiscal and overall sense in my mind,” Supervisor Taylor said.

Moving Milwaukee Forward is a multifaceted proposal that would utilize reallocated federal streetcar funding to create cutting-edge, technology-driven transit-on-demand service and a premium fixed-route transit service using green-energy vehicles.

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8 thoughts on “Alternative transit proposal gaining momentum”

  1. Dave says:

    Do you write this BS yourself, Bob, or do you have to pay a special staff person talented in the art of creating BS to come up with this stuff. At least we know who the morons are on the County Board.

  2. Dale says:

    Doesn’t likely matter unless votes for the streetcar change. The votes appear to be there, and getting every single foe to support this plan doesn’t change the outcome of vote.

  3. Will says:

    What kind of journalistic integrity do we have here? An article about a farce of an “initiative” by the lone promoter of that same initiative. No one is falling for this, Ald Donovan. I’m actually surprised that they let you use this forum to promote your farce a second time in three days with an article that totally masquerades as a third party report. I invite anyone to read the original slick PR piece (attached to the first press release), and then wiki public transit in Helsinki, a similarly sized northern port city. Thank your agency staff for bringing up Helsinki, Ald Donovan. It is an excellent case study for a layered and comprehensive urban public transit system in a cold, medium sized city with densely populated neighborhoods and surrounding suburbs. Can someone from Urban Milwaukee respond here? It was appropriate to allow the press release for this “alternative.” But to publish this second journalistic abomination two days later does no one any service. If anywhere, it belongs in the reply section of the initial article. Please spare us the rubbish and yourselves the discredit.

  4. Jeramey Jannene says:

    @Will – This is clearly marked as a press release (in the URL, author, and header at the top that says press release).

    We continue to publish all properly formatted press releases from local politicians as well as many other groups.

    They do not reflect the views of the publication.

    You can view all of them here -> http://urbanmilwaukee.com/pressrelease/

  5. Will says:

    @Jeramey — Fair enough. I only noticed that it says “Press Release,” after replying. It looks and feels like an article, which is exactly the intended effect. I do believe press releases are supposed to be news worthy, rather than fabricated schlock. But in the end, we all believe in freedom of speech. Thanks for the reply.

  6. PMD says:

    Weren’t all three of those supervisors already against the streetcar? If that’s the momentum, it’s pretty weak.

  7. AG says:

    “Alternative transit proposal gaining momentum” No it’s not.

  8. davidjorling says:

    This is nothing more than an “American’s for Prosperity” financed mystic alternative that will quickly be forgotten if the Streetcar is defeated. Remember, these are “Climate Disaster Capitalists”. Their only interest is selling oil and coal which will destroy our planet in the process.

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