Local transit union opposes Milwaukee streetcar plans
Alderman Davis, a leader in the opposition to the streetcar proposal, welcomed the letter from the transit union.
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 998, representing more than 1,700 Milwaukee County Transit workers, is now among the growing list of organizations and businesses that oppose the mayor’s proposed streetcar, Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. said Tuesday.
“It may seem odd for our union to oppose a streetcar which will undoubtedly create many jobs for our members,” reads a letter (attached) that ATU Local 998 mailed to Alderman Davis. “However, based on our recent experience with streetcar projects throughout the U.S., we believe that your resources would be more wisely spent on the expansion of your bus network.”
The ATU letter continues, “Despite the serious need for the expansion of Milwaukee Transit, a groundbreaking new study by the Brookings Institution found that less than half of all jobs in the region are reachable via transit within 90 minutes. Onethird of working-age residents do not even live near a transit stop. A streetcar is not going to help these people.”
“This is about advocating to start solving serious problems in this city by addressing Milwaukee’s negative economic, social and crime statistics,” Alderman Davis said. “True transit riders deserve better.”
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