I just came across this message from Milwaukee County Supervisor Patricia Jursik’s office. This proposition is laudable. It’s exactly the sort of move the County needs to take if it wants to save itself and its citizens from future years of gridlock amid ever-higher gas prices. I have an appointment on Monday morning, but urge friends of transit to attend the hearing and speak in favor of the motion.
Hello Transit Friends:
At a Special Meeting on Monday, July 21, at 10 a.m., the Milwaukee County Board’s Committee on Transportation, Public Works and Transit will consider a resolution to reduce bus fares, certain passes and tickets, and paratransit for the month of August ;
Item 2. A resolution by Supervisor Borkowski, authorizing and directing the Managing Director of the Milwaukee County Transit System to reduce Adult Cash fares to $1.00, Half Fare to $.50, Adult Passes to $8.50, Half Fare Tickets to $5.00, Premium Cash Fare to $1.75, Premium Tickets $14.50 and Paratransit to $2.00 for the month of August 2008 to provide relief from high gas prices and encourage transit usage within Milwaukee County. (Recommendation: Refer to County Board staff for a detailed analysis of the effects this will have on the overall County Budget.) [Link to PDF.]
This proposal could encourage riders to increase their frequency and introduce new people to the bus while reducing car trips and pollution. Imagine investing $1 to ride our great Route 15 and other routes in August!
Legislative Assistant to Supervisor Patricia Jursik, Milwaukee County’s 8th District
Update July 21: It seemed strange that I was agreeing with something Borkowski said. My gut reaction to this, aside from it being necessary, was to wonder how it would be paid for. (Amazingly, I do not blog every one of my thoughts.) Sure enough, the plan was “sidelined today on a 5-0 vote by the Milwaukee County Board’s transportation committee.” [JSO] It’s going to be very hard to pay for without a small sales tax increase.