U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces $100 Million in Grants to Connect More Americans with Jobs, Ladders of Opportunity. Grants are to improve bus service and bus facilities in urban and rural communities where residents depend heavily on public transportation. Read More >>
States Taking on Bigger Share in Public Transportation Investments, Report Says. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials this week released its report on state transit funding, which shows that states are spending more on transit and widening the gap between what they pay versus federal government investments. Read More >>
New Senate Bills Address Economic Access for People with Disabilities. Senator Tom Harkin has introduced the "Accessible Transportation for All Act", which would require access to taxi services and ban discrimination based on disability by taxi companies and drivers. Read More >>
San Francisco Rideshares Cause 65 Percent Drop in Taxi Rides. In San Francisco, where rideshares like Uber and Lyft have been operating with little regulation, standard taxi trips have nosedived 65 percent in 15 months. Read More >>
WISPIRG Report: Highway Expansion Money Should Be Spent on Transportation Improvements. A new WISPIRG Foundation report stating Wisconsin highway expansions will waste billions that should be spent on badly needed local road repairs and other statewide modes of transportation. Read More >>
FTA Announces New Grant Opportunity. The FTA has announced the the availability of $7.85 million for the Innovative Public Transportation Workforce Development Program. Read More >>
Wisconsin Officials Consider Adopting Wheel Tax. Some Wisconsin communities are considering adding a vehicle registration fee to offset road repair and maintenance costs. This wheel tax fee would help local governments raise money for transportation-related projects. Read More >>
FTA Invites Comment on Circular. The FTA invites comment on a Bus and Bus Facilities proposed circular, which provides recipients of FTA financial assistance with instructions and guidance on program administration and the grant application process relative to the Bus and Bus Facilities Program (49 U.S.C. 5339), established by MAP-21. Read More >>
Sponsor the 2014 Wisconsin Transportation Conference. Reach Wisconsin's Transit professionals by becoming an official sponsor or registering as a vendor. Read More >>
2014 Wisconsin Transportation Conference. The 2014 Wisconsin Transportation Conference is scheduled to take place Sunday, September 28 through Tuesday, September 30 in Appleton, Wisconsin.
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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.