WI: The pandemic response slashed traffic; what did it teach us about transportation planning?. For traffic engineers, the pandemic afforded a way to study changes in traffic patterns that are typically hypothetical, allowing them to better understand traffic flows, pinpoint potential trouble spots, and rethink the future. Read More >>
President Trump: $40.9M in federal funding committed to Milwaukee rapid transit project. MILWAUKEE — President Donald Trump on Thursday, May 28 tweeted that millions of dollars in funding is being committed to Milwaukee’s East-West Bus Rapid Transit project. Read More >>
Justin Stuehrenberg named Metro Transit general manager. Metro Transit named Justin Stuehrenberg its new general manager Wednesday morning. According to a news release, Stuehrenberg recently served as Vice President of Planning and Capital Projects of the IndyGo system in Indianapolis. The release said he was responsible for the implementation of that city’s Bus Rapid Transit program and oversaw the establishment of one of the largest electric bus fleets in the country. Read More >>
State seeing downward trend of positive coronavirus tests. The 14-day trend of positive tests for coronavirus has reached the point where it meets the requirements to reopen Wisconsin. The state Department of Health Services has turned the light green on its "Badger Bounce Back" dashboard, meaning that there is a statistically significant downward trend of the percentage of positive tests over the past two weeks. Read More >>
EAU CLAIRE TRANSIT BUS DRIVER RESCUES TODDLER. Eau Claire, Wisconsin - On Tuesday, May 5, 2020 a local city bus driver observed a toddler in the middle of the traffic lanes on Harding Ave as he was driving the Eau Claire Transit Route #5. He stopped the bus in the lane of traffic, got out, and retrieved the toddler. The driver then called the dispatch center to receive assistance finding out where the child belonged. Mike Steinke, a Bus Operator for the City of Eau Claire for more than five years acted quickly after alertly noticing the child in the street. “I just went over to her and opened my arms and she let me pick her up and carry her to the bus,” Steinke said. The child, who is not yet two years old, didn’t cry or act like there was anything wrong when Steinke approached her. Steinke contacted his supervisor, Ange Norgaard, and informed her of the situation. She contacted the Eau Claire Police Department and an officer was dispatched to the scene. Before the officer arrived, the mother realized something was wrong when she saw her front door open and a bus parked out on the street. She went to the bus and was shocked, but appreciative, to see her daughter there with Steinke. What could have been a terrible tragedy was avoided because of the bus operator’s alert and quick actions, and thankfully mother and daughter are reunited! Read More >>
Wisconsin cities, towns to get $99 million in transportation aid. Local governments throughout Wisconsin are receiving more than $99 million in transportation aid this week, including $565,501 for the city of La Crosse and $215,332 to the city of Onalaska. Read More >>
Mass Transit Operators Attempt To Flatten New Coronavirus Curve. With health care providers and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urging social distancing, Wisconsin's mass transit operators are taking steps to flatten the new coronavirus curve — or minimize the spread of the disease. Read More >>
Green Bay Metro suspends transportation: Valley Transit remains open. The City of Green Bay and Green Bay Metro Transit have decided to suspend public transportation Monday due to increasing concern over the coronavirus. Read More >>
what is wipta?
The Wisconsin Public Transportation Association (WIPTA) provides a strong and cohesive voice for Wisconsin transit. WIPTA members work proactively to improve transit systems across the state by staying connected with legislation and issues that affect WI transportation. WIPTA represents 28 bus systems, 43 shared ride taxi systems, 24 associate and affiliate members, over 2,900 transit operators and $280 million annual expenditures in transit statewide.