Wisconsin Transit Week

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The Governor Proclaims Transit Week

Excerpt from Governor’s proclamation. See complete proclamation on the right.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Scott Walker, Governor of the State of Wisconsin, do hereby proclaim
October 5 – 11, 2015 as

Transit Week

throughout the State of Wisconsin, and I commend this observance to all of our citizens.

Click here for TDA’s press release on Wisconsin Transit Week.

Wisconsin Transit Week Facts

Wisconsin’s System

  • In Wisconsin, public transportation consists of a variety of services including: specialized, fixed-route and shared-ride taxis.
  • Wisconsin has 81 public transit systems including urban and rural bus systems and shared-ride taxi systems.
  • Wisconsin’s transit systems provide access to public transportation for approximately 55% of the state’s population.
  • 48% of riders use public transit to get to work and another 23% for education according to a statewide study.

The Benefits of Public Transportation
Saves Money

  • According to AAA, the total cost to own and drive a car is about 58 cents per mile. Public transportation provides an affordable, and for many, necessary alternative to driving.
  • Households that use public transportation and live with one less car can save on average almost $9,000 every year.
  • In 2014, Americans took 10.8 billion trips on public transportation.

Helps the Environment

  • Each year, the use of public transportation saves 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline.
  • Public transportation reduces the nation’s carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually – the equivalent of the electricity use of New York City; Washington, DC; Atlanta; Denver; and Los Angeles combined.
  • Households within close proximity to public transportation drive on average 4,400 fewer miles a year – using approximately 200 fewer gallons of gas.

Provides Opportunities

  • Public transportation provides access to job opportunities for millions of Americans as well as a transportation option to get to work, go to school, visit friends, or go to the doctor’s office.
  • By 2035, an estimated 20% of the population – one in five people – will be over 65. Providing mobility options is critical for older Americans.
  • Public transportation systems provide a vital link to millions of American’s with disabilities.
  • The voters have supported increased funding for their local public transportation systems. In 2014, voters across the United States approved over two-thirds of proposed transit-related ballot measures.




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