State Rep. David Bowen
Press Release

Supervisor David Bowen Praises Organizations for Successful Transit Suit

Lawsuit Will Bring $13.5 Million to Milwaukee County for New Transit Routes

By - May 20th, 2014 02:22 pm

Supervisor David Bowen released the following statement regarding a successful $13.5 million lawsuit that will bring new transit routes to Milwaukee County:

“I commend the Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Intergenerational Congregation Allied for Hope, the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin and Midwest Environmental Advocates for filing a successful lawsuit against state and federal transportation agencies on behalf of Milwaukee Inner City Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH) and the Black Health Coalition.

“As a result of the lawsuit, the State of Wisconsin will spend $13.5 million to fund transit routes to job centers outside of Milwaukee County. This lawsuit settlement is a monumental first step toward expanding economic opportunity to our region and eliminating barriers to residents seeking employment.

“We need more efforts like this to challenge all barriers to employment, as research shows that jobless rates, especially among black males, is unacceptable. We especially need to remove barriers to their efforts to find work.

“There are benefits for everyone in connecting transit to more communities. These additional resources will benefit surrounding communities that will now have greater access to the many cultural and entertainment assets in Milwaukee County.

“Thank you to all who have worked hard on this effort and I commend your courage in standing up for people of Milwaukee who want to work!”

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