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 >>
FTA Announces $5 Million In Funding To Improve Transit Options on Tribal Lands. Grant funding to enhance public transit service for American Indians, Alaska natives and other residents on rural tribal lands. Read More >>
Read THE WURTA UPDATE December Newsletter. See what happened last quarter and get a glimpse of what to expect in the coming year. Read More >>
WURTA Statement on 2015-2017 WDOT Budget. WURTA looks forward to being an enthusiastic partner working with the Wisconsin Department of Administration, Governor Walker, and the Wisconsin Legislature as the budget process unfolds. Read More >>
WDOT Submits 2015-2017 Budget Request. Secretary Mark Gottlieb submits Wisconsin Department of Transportation's 2015-2017 biennial budget request. Request aimed at putting the Transportation Fund on a firm financial footing and providing a blueprint for meeting the significant needs faced across all transportation modes across the state. Read More >>
Thank You to Congressman Tom Petri. Wisconsin thanks Congressman Tom Petri for his public service and congratulates him on receiving the 2014 National Distinguished Service Award from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). Read More >>
Analysis: Election 2014 A Mixed Bag for Transit. With transit ballot initiatives passing nationally at rates of greater than 70 percent for the past five elections recent results for a variety of transit initiatives can at best be deemed disappointing. Read some of the more noteworthy transit and transportation initiatives. Read More >>
FTA Offers New Guidance on Formula Grants for Rural Areas. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has published Circular 9040.1G. This circular provides recipients of FTA financial assistance with updated instructions and guidance on program administration and the grant application process for Formula Grants for Rural Areas ( 49 U.S.C. 5311). 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 >>
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, a process that will cost an estimated $2 million-plus and take two years to complete. Read More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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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.