Sunday, March 13, 2022

Upcoming events and opportunities!


While the public transportation mask mandate has been extended for one more month (April 18), we have hopes that things will improve enough by early summer for mask-free rider and safe in-person events.

Coming up:

Friday, March 18 is Transit Drivers Appreciation Day! LATA will deliver a thank you card by email and in person on Friday morning. If you'd like to sign it, please do so BY THURSDAY AT 5 P.M. Sign the card at this link!

The Regional Transit Development Plan is done and available to read at the La Crosse Area Planning Committee's website. I hope we can do a program about this in the coming weeks. We'll announce it here if and when we can schedule something.

Do you ride or know anyone who rides the Route 10 Apple Express? The Minnesota DOT has contracted with a consultant to prepare a Local Human Service Transportation Coordination Plan for Minnesota, and they are looking for input from riders for a rider focus group.  Visit

The Wisconsin Association of Rail Passengers is holding its spring meeting on Saturday, March 26 in Appleton AND online. Please register soon if you plan to attend in person. Zoom attendance is free of charge. The featured speakers will be Arun Rao of WisDOT and Derrick James of Amtrak. For more information, and to register, go here:

LATA will table at the Earth Fair, April 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Myrick Park alongside the MTU electric bus which will be near the mid-park parking lot. The bus will be next to the electric vehicle (cars and bikes) display. If you could help table for an hour or more on that day, please reply to this email. It's our opportunity to support the MTU by letting people know WE ride and they should too. All materials are provided - tablers just need to talk to people who stop by.

The Wisconsin Transit Riders Alliance will hold its annual meeting from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 21 ONLINE. Details are not yet finalized but we do know that Beth Osborne, Director of Transportation for America, will provide opening remarks followed by a panel of transit professionals from around the state including Peter Fletcher, Executive Director, LAPC! Watch this site for more information.

We are working on another SMRT2Viroqua trip. We rode the SMRT bus from La Crosse to Viroqua for a day of sight-seeing, shopping, and eating last July and want to do that again. This time, possible, we can connect with some Viroqua area transit advocates, too. Stay tuned!

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