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Cancelled/Postponed: Better Transit, Stronger Community: Panel Discussion

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Date: 
Monday, March 23, 2020 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: 
Appleton Public Library (Room C), 225 North Oneida Street, Appleton

Postponed/canceled event: This event is canceled as a cautionary measure to protect members of our community. This is an important discussion that ESTHER will reschedule at a later date.

Learn about:

Jaunty red transit bus

  • Services currently offered by Valley Transit
  • Highlights of the Valley Transit Development Plan
  • Demographic trends in our community that are increasing demands for public transportation
  • Two transit riders, who will speak of their experiences using Valley Transit.
  • Transit funding


Together, we will discuss how we can continue to strengthen transit and our community.

Panelists include Sarah Schneider--Valley Transit Mobility Manager, Peter Skopec—WISPIRG plus two Valley Transit riders. Local legislators and candidates are invited.

Free and open to the public.

Help spread the word - download and share the attached flier.

Co-sponsored by:

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Wisconsin Conservation Voters
WISPIRG

Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group

Transit Equity Day

Date: 
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 (All day)
Location: 
Appleton Transit Center, 100 E Washington St, Appleton

Transit Equity Day - February 4Join Sierra Club Wisconsin, the Coalition for More Responsible Transportation, ESTHER and other groups in honoring Rosa Parks’ birthday by celebrating Transit Equity Day! Plan to ride the bus on February 4th.

Join ESTHER, Sierra Club Fox Valley and others at a special event at the Appleton Transit Center from 10:30 to 11:30 on February 4. Paper roses will be distributed (in honor of Rosa Parks) along with transit equity buttons to wear. Or watch the Facebook Live feed on the ESTHER Facebook page, starting at 10:30 am.

Talking about transit equity focuses attention on the need for a higher level of investment in transit so people can get to their destinations, even if they don't or can't drive.

Find out more at the Facebook page for this event.

Fox Valley Thrives Issues Transportation Focus Group Report

Linking Health and Transportation: Voices of
Oshkosh Walkers, Cyclists and Transit Users

Images from Focus Group ReportThe Fox Valley Thrives Transportation Team conducted a series of focus groups in the spring of 2019 to understand user perceptions of the Oshkosh area’s transportation system. These focus groups allow for better understanding of the connections between transportation and health, identify what facilities enhance or impede a person’s ability to use walking, biking, and transit in the Fox Valley, and determine what changes might need to be made in the built environment to improve access to transportation.

Link to report: Linking Health and Transportation: Voices of Oshkosh Walkers, Cyclists and Transit Users

Fox Valley Thrives, a local chapter of THRIVE WI, is an alliance between East Central WI Regional Planning Commission, ESTHER, and Outagamie and Winnebago County Public Health Departments. Its mission is to advance health equity through aligned efforts, co-learning, and strategic action. The Fox Valley Thrives Transportation Team works to improve health equity and make healthier communities by focusing on the connections between transportation and health.

 

Call-In Day for Public Transportation

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Date: 
Thursday, June 20, 2019 (All day)
Location: 
Your Telephone!

Call Your Legislator For Responsible TransportationAfter years of billions of dollars of investment being poured into highway expansion projects, Wisconsin’s transportation system is not meeting our needs. From crumbling local roads to dangerous bridges to public transit routes being closed, our local modes of transportation have suffered because of these misplaced priorities. Additionally, people with disabilities, those who are outliving their ability to drive and those who cannot afford cars are being left out of important opportunities because transportation options are limited.

In this state budget, the legislature can prioritize public transportation, specialized transportation and our local roads – but they need to hear from us to do so! Make a call on June 20!

RSVP HERE to get a reminder the morning of June 20, a list of key legislators to call, and a script you can use: https://forms.gle/es3CZAMEFjxq8ZVK

Oshkosh Work Group Meeting Summary - 4 June 2019

ESTHER’s Oshkosh Workgroup held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. Watch this brief report from chair Jennifer Considine with information about:

  • Continuing efforts to provide free or reduce-fare transportation for students in Oshkosh schools.
  • Improving the racial literacy of the task force by reading and discussing together Debby Irving’s Waking up White.

Transportation Task Force Meeting Summary - 21 May 2019

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ESTHER’s Transportation Task Force held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Watch this brief report from chair Connie Kanitz with information about:

  • The new “Connections” transportation option (coming in July to replace Greyhound) along the I-41 corridor between Green Bay and Chicago
  • A new report from Fox Valley Thrives describing transportation needs in the Fox Valley based on focus groups and other feedback from individuals and businesses.

June 4 Call-In Day for Transportation

Transportation Gets to ...After years in which billions of dollars have been poured into highway expansion projects, Wisconsin’s transportation system is not meeting our needs. From crumbling local roads to dangerous bridges to public transit routes being closed, our local modes of transportation have suffered because of these misplaced priorities. Additionally, people with disabilities, those who are outliving their ability to drive and those who cannot afford cars are being left out of important opportunities because their transportation options are limited. 

Our ESTHER Transit Task Force asks you to make calls on June 4 to ensure that the Joint Finance Committee  prioritizes public transportation, specialized transportation and our local roads in the state budget. They need to hear from us to make this happen. Make a call on Tuesday, June 4!

Whom to Call:

Joint Finance Committee Chairs:
-Representative Nygren (Co-Chair): 608 266 2343
-Senator Darling (Co-Chair): 608 266 5830

 

What to Say:

Download the attached script and use it to plan your call.

Let us know:

RSVP here for a reminder and a copy of the script.

Special opportunity: Next Monday, June 3, from 9:30 to 10:00 am, Josh Dukelow’s “Fresh Take” program on WHBY will feature ESTHER representatives Penny Robinson, Linda McRae and Connie Kanitz discussing the state budget and transportation funding. Catch the interview on 1150 AM, 103.5 FM and 106.3 FM.

Up for another call? Call your legislators, too! https://legis.wisconsin.gov/

Drivers’ Licenses for All Teach-In

Date: 
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2600 E Phillip Ln, Appleton

Drivers’ Licenses for All Teach-In

 

People without documents cannot get drivers’ licenses in Wisconsin. In 12 states and the District of Columbia, they can. Drivers licenses for all benefit all—ensuring safer roads, generating revenue for the state, and creating a thriving community.

The public is invited to join the Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Shared Sanctuary Committee and ESTHER’s Immigration Task force to learn more and to find out what you can do to support this effort. Voices of Hope Reader’s Theatre will start the evening, followed by a teach-in on this issue.

Free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted for Unidos!

For more information, please email connieraether@gmail.com or call 920-878-8370.

Equity, the Environment, and the Future of Transportation

Date: 
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Technical College, Room A158

cars and bikes sharing the roadJoin us to hear elected officials, experts, and local activists discussing issues and opportunities for making transportation more equitable, accessible, and greener… in the Fox Valley and around the state.

Moderator:

Professor Laura Hartman, UW-Oshkosh Environmental Studies

Panelists:

Mayor Tim Hanna, City of Appleton
Alderman Joe Martin, Appleton Common Council
Connie Kanitz, ESTHER Transportation Task Force
Kim Biedermann, East Central WI Regional Planning Commission

  • How would you get to work, school, the doctor, or the store in Wisconsin if you couldn’t drive or afford a car?
  • Did you know that transportation alone accounts for almost one-third of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions?
  • New technology, aging seniors, and Millennials’ preferences are radically changing the future of transportation... is the Fox Valley ready?

Wednesday, November 29, 4 - 5:30 pm
Fox Valley Technical College, Room A158
1825 N Bluemound Dr, Appleton

FVTC is accessible by Valley Transit bus route 12. If you drive, park in the North Lot and use entrance 15. From there, room A158 is down the hall on the right side.

This event is hosted by ESTHER and WISPIRG (Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group)

Increasing Access to Transit

Increasing Access to Transportation:

What We Can Do A conversation and action planning session

Thursday, February 25 from 1-3pm

Goodwill Community Center (Neenah-Menasha Room)

1800 Appleton Rd, Menasha

What Will be Discussed:

  • Local efforts related to increasing access to walking, biking and transit, how we can share experiences and how we can work together
  • Actions community members and organiza ons can take together to make it easier for residents to get where they need to go
  • Latest information regarding any transportaon-related bills in the WI State Legislature and their impact on residents

RSVP at http://bit.ly/FVTfeb25 or foxvalleythrives@gmail.com

Click here to download a printable flyer.

Please share widely to all that may be interested!  Free and open to the public.
 

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