Congressman Petri and Congressman Ribble along with over 250 people have committed to Say YES to Transit!!
The Say YES to Transit Summit held on August 11th by ESTHER and JOSHUA was a great success. Over 250 people including many elected officials, clergy, and community leaders attended the event.
The issue: Both Valley Transit and Green Bay Metro face losing up to 1.5 million dollars each year in assistance to operate the bus systems due to a formula that cuts off funding for regions with a population over 200,000. This formula works for large metropolitan areas such as Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles that have large systems with a concentrated population. The formula does not work for smaller systems like those in the Appleton and Green Bay areas, Rep. Petri and Rep. Ribble agree.
Bob Pederson, president of Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin and several bus riders shared their support for public transit and called for the congressmen to work toward a solution before the cut to assistance devastates the transit systems they rely on.
Andy and Beth Detienne have ridden the bus for over 20 years. They ride the bus to be independent and not rely on others for rides to get to work, stores, and many other place in the community.
The Commitment: Both Petri and Ribble committed to support and work toward a solution to offer flexibility in federal transit assistance, where decisions on how funding is used is made at the local level. Petri has been a long-serving member of the House’s transportation and infrastructure committee and Ribble just recently joined this committee.
Together, they each agreed to work with fellow members of congress to pass legislation that will allow for flexibility in operational funding that will maintain funds for the Valley Transit and Green Bay Metro systems.
Get Involved! We need your help to make a difference and to keep transit moving. The ESTHER transit task force meets on the Third Tuesday of each month, from 6:30-8:00 PM at First English Lutheran Church (326 East North Street) in Appleton. Contact us for more information.
Watch video from the event: