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Governor Scott Walker has proclaimed March 3 to 9 Wisconsin Transit Week. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and the Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin (TDA) are teaming up to promote and celebrate the transit systems that contribute to the state’s economy and quality of life.
“Nearly half of all Wisconsin transit riders use this form of transportation to get to and from work,” said Department of Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb. “Transit provides a mobility option for those who can’t drive, or choose not to drive. Currently, approximately 55 percent of Wisconsin residents have access to public transit. We want to see that number grow to at least 75 percent.”
Wisconsin has 81 public transit systems, which include urban and rural bus systems and shared-ride taxi services. In addition to providing a connection for work, people rely on transit to get to school, go to the doctor, run errands, and visit family and friends.
“Public transit can also play an important role in connecting employees to jobs, career opportunities and job training,” added TDA Executive Director Craig Thompson. “As Wisconsin’s economy continues to pick up steam, we need to make sure all aspects of the transportation system – including public transportation – are working efficiently to keep the economy growing.”