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ESTHER Transit Task Force has New Leaders

After many years of remarkable leadership, Connie Kanitz has decided to resign from her leadership of the Transportation Task Force. We are very grateful for the many years that Connie dedicated to leading this group and fighting for accessible public transportation in the Fox Valley and around the state. She has been a tireless and respected leader on issues regarding public transportation.

We are happy to announce that two people have stepped up to lead the group in Connie’s absence. Susan Garcia-Franz is a Public Health Strategist with the Winnebago County Public Health Department as well as a long-time member of the task force. We are so pleased that she has decided to co-facilitate the task force along with Adam Belcorelli. Adam is an associate planner with the East Central Regional Planning Commission and brings extensive experience to the group in building transportation equity and accessibility in the Fox Valley. We are pleased that these talented and experienced individuals have stepped into this role as task force leaders.

One of the issues that we currently are exploring comes from a project currently in place in Portland, Oregon. There is a program there where incarcerated individuals are able to earn their CDL license while in prison. Once they are released they are hired by the regional transit system to work as bus drivers. This serves two purposes. It provides bus drivers to system that is desperately lacking drivers and it provides a good job to a returning citizen who is in need of a well-paying job to get back on their feet. The Fox Valley has very similar issues to Portland. Join us as we explore whether a program like this could happen in the Fox Valley.

We have changed when are task force currently meets. We now meet the first Tuesday of every month at 10 am via zoom. Please contact us at office@esther-foxvalley.org to receive the zoom link.

ESTHER Transportation Task Force Meeting

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:30am
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Wednesday, February 2, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:30am
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Wednesday, March 2, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:30am
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Wednesday, April 6, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:30am
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Wednesday, May 4, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:30am
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Wednesday, June 1, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:30am
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Wednesday, July 6, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:30am
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Wednesday, August 3, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:30am
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Wednesday, September 7, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:30am
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Wednesday, October 5, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:30am
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Wednesday, November 2, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:30am
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Wednesday, December 7, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:30am
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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.

Transit Equity Day

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February 4 is Transit Equity Day

Each February 4th we celebrate civil rights and transportation equity icon Rosa Parks. Her birthday, recently honored as Transit Equity Day, reminds us that transportation is essential to our community. Her efforts, along with those of so many others, remind us of the need for a continued commitment to freedom of mobility for all and access to quality public transportation services.

Governor Evers and several Fox Cities mayors have each shared a proclamation declaring Feb. 4 as Transit Equity Day. See attachments.

How do we build transportation equity?

Volunteer Drivers Needed - Winnebago Catch-A-Ride

ESTHER’s Transportation Task Force is happy to bring this volunteer opportunity to your attention.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Become a volunteer driver for Winnebago Catch-A-Ride and help those in need find transportation to their place of employment. By driving with us you can help someone not only get to their place of work but also regain confidence in their daily schedule. With your help, a single mother can worry less about traveling to and from her 9-5 job, a young man will be able to attend his interview on time, and a grandmother will be able to work her part-time job at a local store.

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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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 Transportation Task Force Meeting

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
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Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
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Tuesday, March 16, 2021 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
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Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
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Tuesday, May 18, 2021 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
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Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
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Tuesday, August 17, 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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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
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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, September 15, 2020 - 6:30pm
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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. 

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