WIPTA Presents the 2018 Public Service Award to Linda Lovejoy
Linda Lovejoy was presented with her 2018 WIPTA Public Service Award on May 11th in recognition of her distinguished service while at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transit in the 1990’s and early 2000’s.
WIPTA Commends New State Budget Proposal
WIPTA commends Governor Evers for a budget proposal that recognizes the vital role of public transportation in Wisconsin.
La Crosse MTU Hires New Transit Manager
The City of La Crosse has announced the hiring of Adam Lorentz as its new Transit Manager.
Applications Now Being Accepted for the Transit Capital Assistance Grant Program
The Department of Administration (DOA) has announced it is accepting applications for the Transit Capital Assistance Grant Program to fund the replacement of eligible public transit buses under the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust.
Governor Walker Announces $8 Million in Funding to Address Transportation Needs of Wisconsin Workers
Governor Scott Walker has announced a Commute to Careers program, an $8 million multi-agency initiative that will support efforts statewide to eliminate transportation barriers for workers seeking to advance their careers or enter the workforce.
FTA Has Published its Fiscal Year 2018 Apportionments Notice
The notice details $13.4 billion in formula and competitive funding to FTA’s 2,000 public transportation grant recipients through September 30, 2018. This year’s total funding represents an increase of 8 percent over 2017 levels.
Governor Walker Announces More than $145M in Payments to Local Governments
Governor Scott Walker has recently announced that local governments received quarterly payments this week totaling $145,978,567 for General Transportation Aids, Connecting Highway Aids and Expressway Policing Aids from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
Bay Area Transit to Dedicate New Transit Center on Friday, June 8
Transit Center to be named after former Bay Area Transit Manager Tom Waby.
Public Transit Now Offered in Phillips
The City of Phillips has recently rolled out a new public transportation system operated by Bay Area Transit to residents living within five miles of the city.
Report: Wisconsin Local Governments Turn to Wheel Taxes as State Road Funding Stagnates
Local governments increasingly resorted to imposing wheel taxes since 2011 to fund local roads as state funding declined.
APTA Requests Input on Federal Register Notice
Submit comments on how Imposing Tariffs on Products of Chinese Origin will affect your organization.
GO Transit in Oshkosh Receives $1.2 Million Federal Grant
Funding will be used to purchase much-needed new buses.
MCTS Driver Honored
Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) Bus Driver Karen Martinez-Casper was recently recognized for finding a lost and cold 5-year-old boy.
Milwaukee County Transit Releases New Mobile App
The Ride MCTS app is the first smartphone app in Wisconsin that lets people plan their trip, buy their ticket and get on the bus – all from a smartphone.
FTA Announces Grant Funding for Transit Bus Projects
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced the opportunity to apply for approximately $226.5 million in competitive grant funding for transit bus projects.
WIPTA Thanks JFC for Creation of Critical Statewide Transit Capital Assistance Program
This program, funded with $32 million in Volkswagen settlement dollars, will help offset a significant shortfall in federal transit capital funding.
Green Bay Students Get a Free Ride
As part of an agreement between the Green Bay Area Public Schools and the city of Green Bay, a program has been created to allow students to ride free on Metro buses year-round.
APTA Issues 'Alert' to Contact Congress to Support Capital Grant Program
The American Public Transportation Association issued the following “Action Alert” urging members to contact their Congressional leaders to support the Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program. This program would be phased out in President Trump’s FY 2018 “skinny budget” proposal.
WIPTA Sends Letter to Wisconsin Legislators Opposing LRB-1383/1, "Fairbox Fairness"
This proposed legislation would establish a minimum farebox revenue as a percentage of transit operating costs for state subsidized transit systems.
America's Infrastructure Was Just Graded A D+ — Here’s What We Should Do About It
Above the Fold - Thursday, March 9
According to The American Society of Civil Engineers latest Infrastructure Report Card, America’s roads, bridges, railways and public transit are in desperate need of repair.
Several Wisconsin Transit Systems Sign Bus Funding Request Letter to Trump
Nineteen Wisconsin transit systems sign and support a letter to President Trump requesting additional investment in the FTA’s Bus and Bus Facility funding program.
Bus Coalition Letter Asks Trump for Bus Funding in Infrastructure Plan
Metro Magazine - Tuesday, March 6
U.S. bus industry leaders have sent letter asking to restore bus funding to replace approximately 14,000 buses, which would create over 100,000 jobs, as part of his infrastructure package.
Transit Ridership Falling Everywhere — But Not in Cities With Redesigned Bus Networks
StreetsBlogUSA - Friday, February 24
Newly released 2016 traffic and transit data shows driving mileage is up for fifth straight year, except for two systems that have recently redesigned their bus network.
Wisconsin Legislative Bureau Releases State Highway Program Report
Inflation and unexpected cost increases resulted in lower completion of highway work projects than originally budgeted.
New Report Finds Volkswagen Settlement Funds Headed to Wisconsin Could Help Accelerate All - Electric Transportation Revolution
WISPIRG - Tuesday, January 24
Recommends Wisconsin invest in up to 190 electric vehicle fast charging stations and 67 all-electric transit buses.
La Crosse Transit Riders, Cyclists, Pedestrians Push for Better Service
U.S. Department of Transportation – Thursday, January 19
Make it easier and safer to get around and more people will walk, ride their bikes or take the bus. That was the message for Coulee Region policy makers at a recent transportation forum.
New USDOT Report on Highway, Transit Conditions Reveals America’s $926 Billion Infrastructure Investment Need
U.S. Department of Transportation – Thursday, January 12
Report reveals that more investment needed to maintain the nation’s highway and transit systems as well as overcome investment backlog.
Scott Walker Administration Taps Former Mining Lobbyist for DOT Post
Wisconsin State Journal – Wednesday, January 11
The Department of Transportation has announced that Bob Seitz, former lobbyist and spokesman for Gogebic Mining, will be its deputy secretary.