Milwaukee Transit Riders and Workers Call on County to Restore Transit Funding
The organizations also call on the county to address job and education access in Milwaukee by funding service for route 80X
MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Transit Riders Union and Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 998 will be holding a press conference on Wednesday, October 14, at 12:00pm outside of the Milwaukee County Courthouse calling on the county board to restore transit funding to improve transit running times with signal prioritization technology on the Red, Blue and Purple express routes.
The organizations also call on the county to address job and education access in Milwaukee by funding service for route 80X. Riders and drivers call on the county to begin to implement a comprehensive plan to install transit hubs across Milwaukee County. “A bold vision is needed to address the lack of access to bathrooms for drivers and to provide an indoor waiting space for riders at key transfer points” says Nick DeMarsh, Milwaukee Transit Rider organizer. “Riders often endure waiting times of 30-45 minutes or longer in freezing conditions” DeMarsh adds. Riders and drivers advocate for the first of these hubs at the ‘5 Points’ intersection where several key transit routes and the proposed route 80X will intersect.
WHO: Milwaukee Transit Riders Union, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 998
WHAT: Route 80x; Signal prioritization; Transit Hub
WHERE: Outside the Milwaukee County Courthouse on Wells St.
WHEN: Wednesday, October 14 at 12pm
VISUALS: Transit is a civil right banner; “restore transit funding” stickers
Press Releases by Amalgamated Transit Union Local 998
ATU Local 998 president James Macon released this statement.
“This proposal doesn’t make sense for our members or for Milwaukee riders.”