We won a public hearing for a Fox Cities RTA bill!
A public hearing has been scheduled with the Senate Transportation Committee for a Regional Transit Authority (RTA) for the greater Fox Cities region (SB456)!
We need your help! ESTHER will be arranging a carpool to Madison for the hearing that will be held on Thursday, March 8th at the state capitol. A time has not been given for the hearing. We will keep you posted on the time of the hearing and the and location for our carpool.
Time is running out. This session is scheduled to end in March. There IS NOT going to be another floor period scheduled for the rest of the year. This is our last chance to get something through at the state level this year. Without the flexibility afforded by a RTA, public transportation in the Fox Cities is likely to cease to exist by 2013.
What: Fox Cities RTA Public Hearing
When: Thursday, March 8th at 10:00 AM
Where: State Capitol in Room 411 South
Carpool Leaves: 7:45 AM from First Congregational UCC in Appleton (724 East South River Street)
Carpool Returns: Before 4:00 PM (estimated time) most likely earlier.
Let us know if you will be part of the carpool, call Stephanie at 920-216-0891. Additional information will be provided for those attending the hearing on Thursday as we depart Appleton for the State Capitol in Madison.
Can't make it to Madison? Your voice is still important. Please these three members of the Senate Transportation Committee to share with them how critical the RTA is to our community. Call now! A few important points are listed below.
Senator Lazich (chair of committee): (800) 334-1442
Senator Leibham: (vice chair of committee): (888) 295-8750
Senator Lasee: (608) 266-3512
A few simple points about what a Fox Cities Regional Transit Authority (RTA) would do:
Create a vibrant, modern transit system is a fundamental part of a successful and sustainable economy in the greater Fox Cities.
Allow for a permanent regional transit authority in the greater Fox Cities is critical to providing regional coordination, creating a united voice across the region, and advancing efficient regional linkages for jobs and economic growth.
Provide a dedicated funding source for transit to provide adequate, stable funding for transit and prevent significant cuts in service.
The dedicated sales tax voted on locally by the community of up to but not greater than 0.5% for transit will provide property tax relief by removing local transit costs from the property tax.
Public transit is important to too many in our community. Let's work together to keep our buses moving.