2015 WURTA Legislative Information

Information related to WURTA's 2015 legislative push is starting to become available. Check back to see updated information leading up to Public Transportation Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, April 22.

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Madison Poised for Next Steps to Bus Rapid Transit System

Madison's mayor and city council are proposing to study the environmental and logistical challenges to creating a bus rapid transit system.

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2015 Minnesota & Wisconsin Public Transportation Conference

Mark your calendar for the 2015 Minnesota and Wisconsin Transportation Conference to be held October 19 through 21 in Duluth, Minnesota.

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Wisconsin Legislators Propose Ridesharing Bill That Would Preempt Local Ordinances. Wisconsin legislators introduce a bill that would create a licensing program for transportation network companies, allowing them to operate legally statewide. Bill would also prohibit municipalities from regulating locally. Read More >>

Speak Up For Transit Webinar. On Thursday, April 2 at 2:00 p.m. (EDT), CTAA's Scott Bogren will be hosting a webinar detailing the Association's Speak Up For Transit activities and resource materials. Read More >>

WURTA 2015 Membership Meeting Scheduled. The meeting will be held in Madison on Tuesday, April 21 at 5:00 PM. Read More >>

MCTS Expands Service. The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) has expanded service across Milwaukee County. MCTS has started a new route to Brown Deer while expanding a separate route to Oak Creek. Both routes are aimed at helping people get to job centers in those cities. Read More >>

Major U.S. DOT Study Emphasizes Need for More Transit, Biking, Walking. New report from the U.S. Department of Transportation concludes that transit, bicycling, and pedestrian programs will be increasingly important in order to meet the country's future transportation needs. Read More >>

The FTA has published its Fiscal Year 2015 Apportionments, Allocations, and Program Information Describes funding for programs as authorized by MAP-21, pursuant to the FY 2015 Appropriations Act. Read More >>

Secretary Foxx Announces Bus Tour to Highlight Importance of Addressing America’s Infrastructure Deficit. The GROW AMERICA Bus Tour Will Highlight Transportation Needs in Five States. Read More >>

WURTA Response to Governor Walker’s Proposed Transportation Budget. WURTA has reviewed Governor Walker’s proposed transportation budget and looks forward to discussing its merits and comparing it to the budget proposed by Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb.. Read More >>

Obama Proposes $94.7B U.S. DOT Budget. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announces President Obama's $94.7 billion 2016 Budget for the U.S. Department of Transportation. The proposal makes critical investments in infrastructure needed to promote long-term economic growth, enhance safety and efficiency, and support jobs for the 21st century. Read More >>

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Recommends $3.2 Billion to Expand Transit Options that Improve Access to Jobs and OpportunitiesU.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx recommends $3.2 billion in President Obama's Fiscal Year 2016 budget to advance the construction or completion of 25 rail, bus rapid transit (BRT), and streetcar projects in 13 states. Read More >>

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Unveils "Beyond Traffic," a 30-Year Outlook on the Future of Our Nation's Infrastructure. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx joins Google Chairman Eric Schmidt in unveiling "Beyond Traffic," a new analysis from the U.S. Department of Transportation that anticipates the trends and choices facing our transportation system over the next three decades. Watch Video >>

U.S. Government Accountability Office Releases Report on Non-Emergency Medical Transportation. Report states that nonemergency medical transportation for disadvantaged populations is not well-coordinated and in need of federal leadership. Read More >>

New Partnership Between Milwaukee County Transit System and UW Milwaukee Helps Those with Disabilities Get Equal Access to Transit. Through a new partnership with Milwaukee County Transit System, student physical therapists are helping determine which riders need extra help to access public transportation. Read More >>

History of U.S Transportation Video Series. The History Channel has posted a series of short videos detailing the history of transportation in the US called America on the Move. Read More >>

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Metro Transit Gun Ban. A Dane County judge dismissed a gun rights group's lawsuit against the city of Madison on Monday, saying a Metro Transit policy barring guns on buses does not violate Wisconsin's concealed carry law. Read More >>

Diversify Transportation Funding, Local Government Groups Urge. Groups that represent local governments call for funneling more money into transportation in a variety of ways, from imposing new taxes and fees to forming regional entities with taxing authority. Read More >>

Texting While Walking: Madison Officials See Electronics Distracting Bicyclists, Pedestrians . Metro Transit in Madison released a two-and-a-half-minute compilation of dangerous behavior by pedestrians, skateboarders and bicyclists, which officials say led to "close calls" with buses over the past few years. Read More >>

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what is wurta?

The Wisconsin Urban and Rural Transit Association (WURTA) provides a strong and cohesive voice for Wisconsin transit. WURTA members work proactively to improve transit systems across the state by staying connected with legislation and issues that affect WI transportation.

WURTA represents 28 bus systems, 43 shared ride taxi systems, 24 associate and affiliate members, over 2,900 transit operators and $280 million annual expenditures in transit statewide.

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2015 legislative session


State budget links, Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau informational papers, WURTA Legislative agenda, sample materials, etc. Information will be posted and updated as it becomes available.


State Transportation Budget


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The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) is seeking a dynamic, results-oriented maintenance professional for the position of Director of Maintenance. 





Thank you to everyone that attended, sponsored, and supported this year's transportation conference.

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2015 minnesota & WISCONSIN TRANSPORTATION conference

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