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Thursday, April 26, 2018

May 17 LATA meeting

Join us at 6 pm on Thursday, May 17 at the Southside Neighborhood Center for our first official meeting as a non profit transit advocacy group. We will go over our organization and connections to the Wisconsin Transit Riders Alliance and other groups and plan actions to help us be effective advocates in our area. We hope to include a local transit pro in our agenda and will update this post as details are finalized.

For now, please plan to attend if you support public transportation and want it to expand and improve in our region. The gathering is FREE and open to everyone.

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Here is a one sided mini flyer to post at school or work or laundromat, library, co-op, etc. (Four per page. May print black/white).

Here is a two-sided handout you could hand out at your next community gathering, club meeting, neighborhood association get together, etc. (Ten per page with cut guides. May print black/white).

Copies of flyers and handouts will be available at Sunday's EARTH FAIR! See you there! (By the way, "Lamers FREE Trolley shuttle will be circulating between the Earth Fair  in Myrick Park and two commuter lots at UWL every 1/2 hour. Pick up available in lots C-7 and C-12 (nearest the ramp).")

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Upcoming Meetings

On Monday, April 30, the Wisconsin Transit Riders Alliance will hold its annual meeting in Madison. Here is a great opportunity to meet and connect with transit riders from around the state, share ideas, learn how we can improve our advocacy, etc. Our own La Crosse Area Planning Commission Transportation Planner, Jacket Eastwood, will be thevfeatured speaker! Find more details and RSVP link on the flyer.

And on Thursday, May 17, the La Crosse Transit Riders Alliance will meet at 6 p.m. in the Southside Neighborhood Center. We`ll introduce our new group, rank goals and projects for the year, and hear from a transportation professional in our community. Flyers will be available soon (check back April 21 for a dowloadable file). Please spread the word! A strong transit advocacy group can makevavdifference!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Our meeting ... next steps

Five of us met at the library and talked about ideas for improving ridership on public transit. I talked to the public transportation subcommittee of the Sustainable La Crosse commission about getting together with LATA members and public transit riders as they consider priorities for this year. I am also hoping to set up a March meeting with Jim Krueger, interim director of the MTU. As soon as something is set up I will contact you.

In the meantime, at today's Clean Cars Campaign press conference, Mayor Kabat said that the city is looking at buying some ELECTRIC buses and adding to its fleet of hybrids. That's good news.

And here's a great article about YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK trying to lure Chicagoans to Wisconsin by dissing their wonderful public transportation system. Not going so well. What could that $1 million plus ad budget have done to improve public transit here?

Chicagoans to Wisconsin: Thanks but no thanks. We'll take the train.

Monday, February 5, 2018

New resource for transit advocates

from T4A (Transportation for America)

Fight for your ride! 

New guide for transit advocates available today

Transportation for America's new guidebook, Fight For Your Ride: An advocate’s guide for improving & expanding transit, offers local advocates and transit champions practical advice for making real improvements to public transit. Drawing examples from successful campaigns and reform efforts in small, medium, and large cities across the country, the guide illuminates effective ways to speed up transit, expand its reach, and improve service for riders. It offers tactical lessons on building a coalition, developing an effective message, and organizing a campaign for better transit in your community.

Join us this Thursday for the launch

Hear two stories directly from local advocates 

Register now and join us at 2 p.m. EST this Thursday for the guide's launch webinar. Karen Rindge, Executive Director of WakeUP Wake County, will share the story of how a broad coalition led a campaign to pass long-awaited new funding to expand transit in Wake County, NC, part of the Raleigh-Durham metro area. And we'll hear from Houston METRO board member Christof Spieler, who led the effort to reimagine and redraw Houston's bus network to provide faster, more convenient bus service to more riders. In addition, we will walk through the new guidebook and show how you can use the guide’s case studies to shape your own successful campaigns.

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Second try

Last year we hoped to get a LA Crosse Area Transit Advocates group started under the state Wisconsin Transit Riders Alliance. Unfortunately, we are all too busy! and it was hard to find a meeting time.

Here we are one year later and this year we will get going because transit needs our support and advocacy!

Our first meeting will be on February 12 at 5:30 p.m. in the Trustees Room of the La Crosse Public Library.  We'll briefly discuss goals for the year,  talk about future meetings,  and see some inspiring slides of public transportation in the UK and Netherlands.

If you can't make the meeting, there will be others.  If you are interested in joining,  please let me know and we'll email you with a schedule once set.

In the meantime,  consider attending the WTRA annual meeting on Monday,  April 30 at the Madison Public Library. Public transportation in La Crosse will be on the agenda with guest speaker,  Jackie Eastwood,  La Crosse County Transportation Planner. Here's the flyer. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Coming soon! UPDATED MAY 18 INFO!

On Friday, May 19, UWL will host its second annual Midwest Active Transportation conference. Because bus rides begin and end with a walk or bike ride (or other active transportation), public transit is also considered to be active transportation.

On Thursday evening, May 18, we will hope to meet up with Susan De Vos of Madison who is president of the Wisconsin Transit Riders Alliance for talk about public transportation issues near and far, sharing of ideas, and other useful chit chat!

More details on the May 18 get together will be posted as soon as possible. Please check back!

DATE: Thursday, May 18

TIME:  7:15 to 8:30 p.m.

LOCATION:  Birchwood Room, Black River Beach Neighborhood Center

WHAT: Meet and greet with Susan De Vos, president of the Wisconsin Transit Riders Alliance who will be in town to present at the May 19 Midwest Active Transportation Conference. This will be a chance for La Crosse area public transportation advocates to meet and talk with her about how we can support and push for better programs and infrastructure in our state's current car/road-building centric political climate. We'll also try to settle on a next meeting time so we can begin organizing our own La Crosse Area Transit Advocates. If you can bring some snacks or dessert, please do.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

March 30 Day of Action

WISDOM, a Wisconsin interfaith alliance working on issues of justice and equity, is sponsoring a Day of Action - workshops, information, lobbying - on March 30. One of their issues is TRANSIT and equitable transportation funding. If you'd like to attend the lobby day, contact the nearest WISDOM chapter, JONAH, in the Chippewa Valley.