In June 2015, SOPHIA launched its newest task force: Public Transportation.

posted Mar 20, 2017, 9:27 AM by Sophia Webmaster

The ultimate goal is to advocate for an integrated and regional multi-modal transportation system that allows people
access to jobs, health care services, and other personal activities necessary for a fully human life.  We join with and support state-wide
efforts with other WISDOM affiliates, agencies and non-profits concerned with issues relating to public transportation.

Independence is important to everyone. Public transportation provides a solution for anyone who cannot drive due to age, disability or income.
SOPHIA believes that these members of our community should not be ignored.

The Wisconsin state budget for transportation is shrinking, raising concerns for public transportation in the future. The dominant focus of the legislature is on roads and freeways.
SOPHIA provides a voice for those who desperately need comprehensive public transportation.

Transit service that connects workers to jobs has been reduced 22% regionally since 2001, leaving 1,325 fewer employers accessibility by transit. 
In addition over 13% of households in Milwaukee County do not have access to a car (10% regionally). National trends point to young people being less likely to own a car than previous generations,
relying more on public transportation for jobs and other needs. Three of the four bus routes connecting Milwaukee County workers to employers in suburban counties were started in the past year,
and are supported with temporary funding sources that will require replacement by 2018.

Activities:

Since the beginning of our task force, we have spent time educating ourselves on transit issues. We continue to build relationships in the community through outreach events which include social service providers, employers, legislators and policy-makers.

In addition, SOPHIA monitors legislation that affects public transportation. We attend job fairs, grassroots efforts and most recently, met and spoke with state legislators encouraging public transit be included in AB210.


Presently, this SOPHIA Task Force is focusing on collecting stories of those who use the transit system and of those who cannot make connections with busing.  We welcome you to share your story with us by clicking on this link: www.sophiawaukesha.org

The stories collected will be published and used to document the need for additional transit funding to support a broader transportation system. 

Legislative News:

AB210 was a bill that would allow counties to hold a referendum to decide if they want to raise local sales tax by .5% to provide money in the county for general road repair. The bill did NOT include language that would permit funds to be used for public transportation.

AB210 is now dead. SOPHIA can claim a part in this victory by the efforts we made in talking with state legislators.

Transit Task Force Meetings

Held the first Thursday of the month

United Church of Christ, 100 East Broadway, Waukesha

9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Transit Task Force Chair, Barbara Pfarr ~ bpfarr@ssndcp.org 






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