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Student Bus Ridership in Oshkosh Exceeds All Expectations

After seven years of advocating, raising money and attending City Council meetings, our Oshkosh ESTHER Task Force successfully petitioned to allow all Oshkosh students to ride the bus for free, effective July 2020. During that first month of implementation, a total of six students rode the city bus. We were understandably concerned that, even if bus rides were free for students, they might not actually take advantage of the benefit.

We need not have worried! According to recent ridership data from Go Transit, there were 2,587 student riders in July of 2021. That is a whopping 47,516 percent incease from the previous year. For 2021 to date, there have been 38,037 student riders, as compared to 103 for the same period in 2020.

This program has proved to be a phenomenal success, exceeding all expectations. We are grateful to the Oshkosh Common Council and the Oshkosh Area School District for their efforts in making this happen.

July 2020 ESTHER Transit Task Force *Cancelled*

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
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Zoom Meeting

The July meeting of the Transit Task Force has been cancelled. See you in August!

We are seeking people interested in joining with transit riders, local officials, and policy makers to work towards a strong, sustainable, dependable transportation network in the Fox Valley – one that will serve all residents and visitors fairly and well.

Leave us a message at https://esther-foxvalley.org/pttf for the Zoom link or to be added to the mailing list.

ESTHER Transit Task Force

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
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Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
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Tuesday, October 19, 2021 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
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Tuesday, November 16, 2021 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
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Tuesday, December 21, 2021 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
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Zoom Meeting

We are seeking people interested in joining with transit riders, local officials, and policy makers to work towards a strong, sustainable, dependable transportation network in the Fox Valley – one that will serve all residents and visitors fairly and well.

Leave us a message at https://esther-foxvalley.org/pttf for the Zoom link or to be added to the mailing list.

Cancelled- ESTHER Transit Task Force

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020 - 6:30pm
Location: 
Zoom Meeting

We are seeking people interested in joining with transit riders, local officials, and policy makers to work towards a strong, sustainable, dependable transportation network in the Fox Valley - one that will serve all residents and visitors fairly and well.

Leave us a message at https://esther-foxvalley.org/pttf for the Zoom link or to be added to the mailing list.

Cancelled: ESTHER Transit Task Force

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 6:30pm
Location: 
Zoom Meeting

No ESTHER transit meeting this month.

 
Instead, please join a statewide coalition zoom meeting of Coalition for More Responsible Transportation for transportation advocates.
 
Tuesday, 9/15 from 10 AM to 12 PM.
Register in advance for this meeting to receive phone and/or zoom link:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUocu2trj0uGdJ1lLT56HS-WRaSPPHRvZ5

Leave us a message at https://esther-foxvalley.org/pttf for the Zoom link for regular meetings or to be added to the mailing list.

Public Transit and the Future of Our Community

A Vision for the Future

The members of ESTHER’s Transit Task Force have a vision for a better world and a stronger community tied together by a multimodal transportation system that provides options for everyone. Options include biking, walking, public transit, and personal car use. 

What makes a vibrant transportation system?  It has an assortment of transportation options that are attractive, efficient, and affordable.  Such a system attracts new riders and the existing riders have more and hopefully all of their needs met. Good public transportation helps build a better quality of life.

New trends require additional investments

Wisconsin is facing changes that will create new needs for our transportation system to address. 

Transportation and Racial Justice in Wisconsin: A Webinar

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Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: 
Zoom Webinar

Coalition for More Responsible TransportationThe Coalition for More Responsible Transportation hosts a webinar on July 9, “Transportation and Racial Justice.”  This webinar examines the impact that our transportation system has on racial justice in Wisconsin. 

Registration is required to receive the zoom link to join the webinar: https://forms.gle/2eT9294R7cd728tX9

If you are unable to use this form or would prefer to call in your RSVP, please contact the Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired at (608) 255-1166 from 8 AM to 3 PM on weekdays and we will register you by phone.

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Kirk Harris, a faculty member in the Department of Urban Planning, in the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. Dr. Harris' academic interests are focused on racial and economic equity, the pedagogy of social justice, constitutional issues in planning law and mediation and negotiation. Dr. Harris will speak about the history and present of transportation in Wisconsin and how it impacts racial justice in the state.
  • Barbara Little, a transit rider and advocate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She will be sharing her personal story as a transit-rider.
  • Lester Williams, a member of the transportation task force for Milwaukee Inner-City Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH). He was a rider of the now discontinued JobLines in Milwaukee to reach job opportunities in the surrounding suburbs, and will share his story of job access and transit.
  • Ashley Moncrief, the YWCA Madison Employment Services and Transit Director. The YWCA provides supplemental transportation for riders who cannot reach their destinations due to lack of transit access and personal vehicles.

How Wisconsin Communities are Meeting the “Last Mile Challenge”

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Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: 
Zoom Webinar

Sponsored by Coalition for More Responsible Transportation in Wisconsin.

Join us as we explore different transit systems in key Wisconsin cities. You'll hear from different individuals on the ease of using public transit in select cities and how these communities are addressing the “Last Mile Challenge,” or the challenge in completing the last segment of a transit trip in order to reach one’s final destination. Discussion and feedback will follow the presentation.

RSVP here to receive the Zoom link.

How Highway Expansions Undermine Public Transit, Walking and Biking

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Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
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Zoom Webinar

Bus seats seen from floor levelSponsored by Coalition for More Responsible Transportation in Wisconsin.

Speakers include Beth Osborne from Transportation for America and Dennis Grzezinski on highway expansion and transit issues in LaCrosse.

Policymakers often present costly highway expansions as a critical solution to gridlocked traffic and unsafe roadways. But decades of evidence show that building bigger roads makes congestion worse. We also know that highway expansions negatively impact public health and safety, disproportionately harm low-income and minority communities, and undermine alternative forms of transportation in a variety of ways. Learn from expert presenters why bigger, wider roads won’t solve Wisconsin’s transportation problems.

RSVP here for Zoom link: https://forms.gle/MXo9uLByjrr3fUQX8

Read more about the event on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/173240474022207/

ESTHER Transit Task Force

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 6:30pm
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Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 6:30pm
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Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 6:30pm
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Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 6:30pm
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Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 6:30pm
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Zoom Meeting

We are seeking people interested in joining with transit riders, local officials, and policy makers to work towards a strong, sustainable, dependable transportation network in the Fox Valley - one that will serve all residents and visitors fairly and well.

Leave us a message at https://esther-foxvalley.org/pttf for the Zoom link or to be added to the mailing list.

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