Thursday, November 15, 2007

Real rate hikes hurt real people

Epilogue.


Transit stories, Chapter 42

What the County Board saved will stay saved. County Executive Scott Walker didn't veto any of the Board's transit service restorations. There will be no paratransit service cuts or fare increases in 2008. There will be more routes than Walker orignally proposed stay saved. Bus fares will go up 25 cents to $2, however, and routes will be lost. The County Board did not save them all.

The Transit System next year will eliminate bus service on Route (Vliet St.) from Water Street to 47th St.; Route 80 on the Locust / Hopkins branch; Route 31 east of 10th St.; and Route 53 east of Kinnickinnic Ave., according to county documents.

You can see the routes that were saved and the routes that weren't here.

Those saved include:

• Route 12 north of Florist Avenue, serving Supervisors Toni Clark’s and Joe Rice’s districts;

• Route 23 north and west of 91st and Mill Road, serving riders in Supervisors Rice’s and Roger Quindel’s districts;

• Route 31, west of 76th Street in Supervisors Jim “Luigi” Schmitt’s and Lynne DeBruin’s districts;

• Route 67, south of Connell on 84th and 92nd Streets in Supervisor John F. Weishan, Jr.’s, district;

• Routes 19/20 South of Layton in Supervisor Richard D. Nyklewicz, Jr.’s, district;

• Routes 15 and 55 in Supervisor Patricia Jursik’s district;

• Route 35 south of Howard Avenue in Supervisors Dan Devine’s and Mark Borkowski’s districts;

• Route 27 to the Glendale Industrial Park in Supervisor James G. White’s district;

• Route 80 south of Mitchell International Airport in Supervisors Nyklewicz’s and Paul Cesarz’s districts;

• Route 40 to the Ryan Road Park and Ride lot in Supervisor Cesarz’s district;

• Route 49 to the Green Bay and Brown Deer Park and Ride lots in Supervisor Rice’s district.

So this is milwaukeecountytransitcuts signing off, until this all happens again in some form next year.


Transit stories, chapter 41


Transit stories, chapter 40


Transit stories, chapter 39


Transit stories, chapter 38


Transit stories, chapter 37


Transit stories, chapter 36 (Even more videos further below)

Walker's 2008 Recommended Budget included numerous route modifications and segment eliminations. The pictures tell the story. Here is a map showing Walker's proposed route cuts.

Here and here and here are maps showing the proposed route reorganizations. Please note: the map says route 20 is being eliminated, but it's really will become route 19. It will be shortened, however, and go no further south than Layton Ave.

The eliminations would have occured on Route 15 on the Clement-Howard-Pennsylvania-15th branch and the 5th & Columbia loop; Route 19 south of Layton Avenue; Route 20 south of Layton; Route 23 north and west of 91st & Mill Rd.; Route 27 to the Glendale IndustrialPark; Route 31 east of 10th and west of 76th; Route 35 south of Howard Avenue; Route 40 to the Ryan park-ride lot; Route 49 to the Green Bay and Brown Deer park-ride lot; Route 53 east of Kinnickinnic Ave.; Route 67 south of Connell Avenue; and Route 80 south of Mitchell International Airport.

Walker also proposed to "reorganize" several routes to reduce operating costs. Service would be eliminated entirely on Route 11 from Water Street to 47th St. Route 31 service would be moved from Washington Blvd. to Vliet St. between 47th and 60th Streets. Routes 15 and 55 would be reorganized as well. Route 15 would terminate at Packard and Layton. Route 55 would provide service on the former Route 15 south of Layton on Packard and Chicago. Route 55 service east of Packard and Layton would be eliminated. Routes 12 and 80 would be reorganized. Route 80 service on the Locust/Hopkins Branch would be eliminated. Route 12 service north of Florist would also be eliminated. The Route 12 Hampton Ave. Branch would become a branch of Route 80.

Overall fixed route bus hours were projected to decrease 9.6% and bus passenger revenues were projected to decrease $2,155,764 due to proposed service adjustments.


We need more transit, not less.

Immediately below are videos posted since Walker announced he would propose maintaining the Transit-Plus sevice areas.

Real people. Real pain.


Transit stories, chapter 35


Transit stories, chapter 34


Transit stories, chapter 33


Transit stories, chapter 32


Transit stories, chapter 31


Transit stories, chapter 30


Transit stories, chapter 29


Transit stories, chapter 28


Transit stories, chapter 27


Transit stories, chapter 26


Transit stories, chapter 25


Transit stories, chapter 24



Transit stories, chapter 23


Transit stories, chapter 22


Transit stories, chapter 21


Transit stories, chapter 20


Transit stories, chapter 19


Transit stories, chapter 18


Transit stories, chapter 17


Transit stories, chapter 16





Transit stories, chapter 15


Transit stories, chapter 14


Transit stories, chapter 13


Transit stories, chapter 12


Transit stories, chapter 11


Transit stories, chapter 10


Transit stories, chapter 9


Transit stories, chapter 8


Transit stories, chapter 7


Transit stories, chapter 6


Transit stories, chapter 5


Transit stories, chapter 4


Transit stories, chapter 3


Transit stories, chapter 2


Transit stories, chapter 1