Thursday, May 9, 2024

Have your say, connect, celebrate, and ride!

There are several transit-related events coming up soon.

On Monday, May 20, the final draft of the update for the city's Bike/Ped Master Plan will be available to perusal and input at the La Crosse Public Library from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. There will be a presentation at 5:30. While many of us commented toward the beginning of the process about the importance of including public transportation as pedestrian infrastructure, it's not clear how much (or even if) public transportation is considered in this plan. If you can attend and comment, please do. Learn more at https://forwardlacrosse.org.


On Tuesday, May 21, the BOREALIS (formerly TCMC) begins service and there will be a party at the Amtrak station from noon to 3:00 p.m. to welcome the second daily trains, one in each direction, to our community. We are promised a food truck, music, dignitaries, and more. The eastbound Borealis is due to arrive at the station at about 2:16 p.m. Alas, currently, there will be no bicycle accommodations on these new trains, but several people are pushing for this to change.

 

On Thursday, May 30, 1000 Friends of Wisconsin and AARP will host a follow-up event to last year's Community Transportation Academy

"Please join us from 2-4:30 in the afternoon at UWL for an appetizer reception with local transportation project highlights and an evening screening from 5:30-7:30 of The Street Project, a documentary by the award-winning filmmaker Jennifer Boyd about the global citizen-led fight to make our streets safer, followed by an open Q&A at the historic Rivoli Theater in downtown La Crosse. This is a great opportunity to connect with others in the community who are dedicated to expanding transportation options in the La Crosse area.

These events follow Ride With the Mayor in the morning, an annual bike tour of new improvements and future challenges in La Crosse; Ride With the Mayor is organized by local advocates and supported by the City of La Crosse Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

 

These events are free and open to the public, but we ask that you RSVP here (please note that no RSVP is required for Ride With the Mayor): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd8KGIDdviW90EsoAWmgGib8oejY7qqOJawcjYUYj7D4giQEg/viewform 

 


On Saturday, June 1, the Coulee Region Group and Wisconsin Chapter Sierra Club will host a TRANSIT TO TRAILS event. Participants will meet at the Grand River Station Transit Center a little before 8:30 a.m., ride the bus together to the La Crosse River Conservancy Trail near Stoney Creek Inn, hike, and return on the bus to the Transit Center at about 11:40 a.m. An optional on-your-own lunch at Pickermans will follow the trip. Register here: https://tinyurl.com/LaXT2TRegister or call 608-315-2693.

Friday, May 3, 2024

Golden Spike tour

From WisARP:

The Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern (CPKC) Final Spike Steam Tour, featuring Empress steam locomotive 2816, will be traveling from Calgary to Mexico City and it will pass along the CPKC main in Wisconsin on May 5-6, 2024. 

There's a special event at St. Paul Union Station on May 3 (3 to 8 p.m.) and one in Franklin Park, Illinois on May 8, but no events for train access or rides are scheduled for Wisconsin. 

The CPKC tour will follow Amtrak's Empire Builder route. It is scheduled to pass through La Crosse on May 5. This tracker is supposed to show where the train is in real time.

Thursday, May 2, 2024

May 1 SMRT ride

We had perfect weather for our May Day Ride SMRT 2 Viroqua. We were joined by former La Crosse County Board chair, Tara Johnson, who was part of the birth of SMRT. The bus was right on time and we spent the whole ride talking transit.

Once in Viroqua, everyone split up to do their own things with return options throughout the afternoon, though we did learn from the driver of our next-to-last bus back that, just this week, the last bus back had been dropped (but it was still on the schedule!)

My daughter and I rented bikes at Bluedog Cycles, right across the street from where we got off the bus, and met up with a friend. We got a delicious take-out lunch from The Noble Rind Cheese Company, then ode to Ekhart Park to eat and chat. We rode to the other end of town to visit more friends and then spent some time at Driftless Books and Music. We returned the bikes and walked to Vernon Memorial Hospital to catch the 3:24 bus back to La Crosse.

The SMRT is such a gem. In a state with no Regional Transit Authority (a governmental entity that allows several counties to work together and levy taxes to provide regional transit) this system, a public-private partnership that DOES provide regional transit for workers, students, patients, youth, elders, the Amish community and more, is really a miracle.

It's a shame that there is almost zero marketing or information about this great service. The website is minimal (no information about requesting a stop at the Amtrak, for example), many of the stops are unmarked or marked incorrectly, there's no way to know in real time if the bus is late or cancelled, and, aside from the LATA SMRT rides, there are no education and outreach events to highlight all the places you can go on the SMRT. We have heard that even employers whose workers use the service do very little promotion. 

After last spring's ride, LATA offered suggestions and volunteered time to help with some of these issues, but we did not hear anything back. We will try again this year and we plan another ride this fall during Week Without Driving.

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

May 1 - Ride SMRT 2 Viroqua

 

Ride the SMRT with LATA on Wednesday, May 1! We'll catch the Yellow route as it circles through La Crosse mid-morning, then arrive at Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua a little after 11 a.m. 

They you're on your own - visit the county historical museum just next door, go to a park, check out some cool little shops, have lunch at a local restaurant ... There's even a shared ride taxi to help you get around.

Coming back, there are four options.

The cost is $4 per ride (each way) bus fare paid in cash to the driver.

Register or visit our SMRT 2 Viroqua page for more details!

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Ride the Bus!

A recent La Crosse Tribune article reported on the consolidation of the two La Crosse high school show choirs and noted that some students may have trouble participating because of transportation.

Wow. 

If only there were a service that moved people, safely and affordably, from one part of the city to another without the need for a driver's license or an expensive, dangerous private car. Hmmm.

We DO have such a system and it's called public transportation. Let's promote it and use it. Let's include it for school activities, community events, and daily life.

There are three MTU buses routes that stop by Central and two from the north side that connect at the Transit Center. If rehearsals were move to the Polytechnic it woud be even easier. The student passes are a great deal. Time on the bus can be used socializing or studying.

And there are other places you can get to by bus. You can take the #4 to the Earth Fair, for example. What better way to greenify your travel than to hop on a bus (if you can't bike or walk there). I think the bus route will even detour on April 28 to get riders closer to the fair entrance.

If you haven't ridden before or if it's been a while, contact us for a Ride Guide. One of our guides will meet you, ride with you, go over the maps and apps, and answer your questions so you'll be an expert rider in no time.

Let's get on the bus and encourage others to ride, too!

Friday, April 5, 2024

Upcoming events and another detour

See below for detour info on the #6!

This Saturday, April 6, Wisconsin Association of Rail Passengers is holding its annual spring meeting in the Wisconsin Dells and online. There will be a variety of updates on national and state rail projects including the TCMC second daily Amtrak that is expected to start soon, progress on siting an Amtrak station in Madison, information about new rail lines from Milwaukee to the Twin Cities via Madison and Eau Claire and the Milwaukee to Green Bay rail project. For more information visit https://wisarp.wordpress.com/2024/02/06/wisarp-spring-membership-meeting-date-announced/

LATA Leaders will meet online on Tuesday, April 16 at 5:30 p.m. This is different than our usual time. If you would be interested in joining us at this meeting, please reply to this email. We will continue planning events for the year and looking for ways to bring good transit into the community conversations.

We are looking for a few more people to be at our LATA table at the Sunday, April 28 Earth Fair, any time between 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you could spare an hour to help spread the good word about transit, please reply to this email.

We will host a Ride SMRT to Viroqua on Wednesday, May 1. We catch the SMRT Yellow that picks up at various locations in La Crosse between about 9:30 and 10:15 and gets to Viroqua at a little after 11 a.m. Then you're on your own with several return trip options. The cost is $4 cash paid to the driver each way. Get more details and the registration link at http://lacrosseata.blogspot.com/p/smrt-2-viroqua.html  Please register by April 28!

We are hoping to apply for an AARP grant to help restart a more robust Ride with a Guide program in partnership with the MTU. This program will train volunteers to help new riders navigate the public transit system. If you would be interested in being a Ride Guide, please reply to this email.

We are also working on planning Week Without Driving, Sept. 30 through October 6. This is not a transit-specific event but it's a national week that challenges electeds and decision-makers to pledge a week without driving and experience the life of a non-driver public policies, budgets, and decisions have created. Learn more about WWD here: https://weekwithoutdriving.org/ and please let me know if you and/or your organization would like to help plan and/or co-sponsor, please reply to this email. The main event is the WWD challenge. We will do some local things to highlight the message of the week, including the WWD Bingo card, a LATA ride, possibly a panel discussion, etc.

The official roll out of the official 3D tactile map, a project that Liz Fryseth and her children started and worked on last year, is still in progress but with no firm date for public release. We would like to encourage the MTU to give this priority. If you interact with MTU drivers or admins, please ask about it. We are looking at doing some LATA sponsored events to highlight the map later this spring and summer.

DETOUR - ROUTE 4:  Starting April 8 and through summer, the #4 will have a detour. Just north of Hintgen school, rather than continuing north on 28th, it will turn left onto Robinsdale, coming out by Starbucks on Mormon Coulee Road. The bus will turn onto MC Road and then north onto Losey and continue north along its regular route. The stops at 28th and James, 28th and Hass, and 26th and Hass will be closed until road work in the area is completed some time in August.

A new AVL (auto vehicle locator) system should be in place by fall. The current DoubleMap app is no longer being supported which is why it may blink in and out or not show your bus in certain situations. The hope is that the new system will be more reliable and offer more options for fares, and accessibility enhancements.

The MTU and ATU have come to an agreement on a contract through arbitration. This will be finalized at the City Council meeting this month. On March 18, Public Transportation Employees' Day, LATA presented a Thank You card poster to MTU employees (see the card at https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/b/R29vZ2xl/AVvXsEj3AlZfJBcGpcpKlMcVFC4isoGU5L3IAyYFWWwUhQecUvcpx9JUwStT7b703bYhdqwOymNoRZSLG4vYFVs9YfR2WpemSZMONzM_jxpduyn6Gr9pLMULtydSAqn8Kz-WIskRjETDc_92LMb75yWF-B1k6iMyiHh_MOSRGUhm2B5irFsZR12Mtflnl48K1Yo/s2000/Image.jpeg )

The March 9 Wisconsin Transit Riders Alliance Spring Meeting went well. Our speaker, Dave Steele, gave an interesting overview of his non-profit, MobiliSE and their Milwaukee area workforce on-demand transit system FlexRide. You can watch the presentation here: https://youtu.be/8pP76TfsmBo LATA will be represented on the 2024 WTRA board by Cathy Van Maren. Members of LATA are also members of WTRA.

Attention Route 6 Downtown Passengers.

Beginning Monday Apr 8th the intersection of Onalaska Avenue and North Salem Rd will be closed. Route 6 Downtown will use Harvey St to Stoddard St, Stoddard St to Prospect St and Prospect St to North Salem Rd. Please catch the bus at Hamilton St and North Salem Rd or North Salem Rd and Loomis St. 

If you have any questions, please ask your driver, or call 608.789.7350.

Ceeb Toom Txoj Kev 6 Hauv Nroog Cov neeg caij tsheb. Pib hnub Monday Lub Plaub Hlis 08th kev sib tshuam ntawm Onalaska Avenue thiab North Salem Rd yuav raug kaw. Txoj Kev 6 Hauv Nroog yuav siv Harvey St mus rau Stoddard St, Stoddard St mus rau Prospect St thiab Prospect St mus rau North Salem Rd. Thov caij tsheb npav ntawm Hamilton St thiab North Salem Rd lossis North Salem Rd thiab Loomis St.

Yog tias koj muaj lus nug, thov nug koj tus neeg tsav tsheb, lossis hu rau 608.789.7350.

Atención Pasajeros de Ruta 6 Centro.

A partir del lunes 8 de abril, la intersección de Onalaska Avenue y North Salem Rd estará cerrada. La Ruta 6 del Centro utilizará Harvey St hasta Stoddard St, Stoddard St hasta Prospect St y Prospect St hasta North Salem Rd. Tome el autobús en Hamilton St y North Salem Rd o North Salem Rd y Loomis St.

Si tiene alguna pregunta, pregúntele a su conductor o llame al 608.789.7350.







Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Election Day - Free (with detour)

RIDE THE MTU FREE ON
APRIL 2 - ELECTION DAY!

And, on Tuesday, April 2, the # 4 bus stops from East Ave and La Crosse St to Pine St and Campbell Rd will be closed. Both Route 4 buses will use La Crosse St to 23rd St and 23rd St to Campbell Rd. Temporary bus stops will be placed at the corners of East Ave and La Crosse St and La Crosse St and Hillview Ave. 

If you have any questions, please ask your driver or contact MTU at 608-789-7350.

[This will get voters who use the Nature Place polling location a little closer and still serve those, with the East Ave & La Crosse Street stop, who vote at the UWL Student Union.]

Monday, March 18, 2024

March 18 - Transit Employees Appreciation Day!

Thanks to MTU, SMRT, OHWS Taxi, Amtrak, Greyhound, Jefferson Lines, and every other transit employee!



Wednesday, March 13, 2024

#4 Detour alert!

Starting April 8, the #4 will detour on its northbound route all summer due to work on Hass Street. The detour begins at 28th and Robinsdale where the bus will turn toward  and come out on Mormon Coulee Road by Starbucks. It will follow MC Road to Losey, take a right, and continue up Losey. The stops at 28th and James, 28th and Hass, and 26th and Hass will be out of service.

Here's the official announcement from MTU:

Beginning Monday, April 08, 2024 Hass St will be closed for road work. Route 4 Downtown will use Robinsdale Ave to Mormon Coulee Road, Mormon Coulee Road to Losey Blvd and then back on route. If you have any questions, please ask you driver, or call 608-789-7350.

Ceeb Toom Route 4 Downtown Passengers
Pib hnub Monday, Plaub Hlis 08, 2024 Hass St yuav raug kaw rau kev ua haujlwm. Txoj Kev 4 Hauv Nroog yuav siv Robinsdale Ave mus rau Mormon Coulee Road, Mormon Coulee Road mus rau Losey Blvd thiab rov qab mus rau txoj kev. Yog tias koj muaj lus nug, thov nug koj tus tsav tsheb, lossis hu rau 608-789-7350.

Atención Pasajeros Ruta 4 Centro
A partir del lunes 8 de abril de 2024, Hass St estará cerrada por obras viales. La Ruta 4 del Centro utilizará Robinsdale Ave hasta Mormon Coulee Road, Mormon Coulee Road hasta Losey Blvd y luego regresará a la ruta. Si tiene alguna pregunta, pregúntele a su conductor o llame al 608-789-7350.


Monday, March 4, 2024

Upcoming transit events and opportunities

 

FIRST, On Saturday, March 9 at 10 a.m., join us for a talk by Dave Steele of MobiliSE about the Milwaukee-area FlexRide, a service that provides on-demand worker transit in the area. The meeting is free and open to the public. Register for the link: https://tinyurl.com/wtra0324

March 18 is Transit Employees Appreciation Day. PLEASE SIGN OUR VIRTUAL THANK YOU CARD at www.kudoboard.com/boards/GqNjtDaZ We'd planned to present this during Transit Equity Days but would like to have even more signers. Please sign now. It's easy, free, and quick!!

On March 21 at NOON Central Time, join a free online webinar with transportation expert Jarrett Walker hosted by the Maryland Department of Planning as part of its Sustainable Growth webinar series. The webinar's title is Human Transit: How Clearer Thinking about Public Transit Can Enrich Our Communities and Our Lives

Transportation expert Jarrett Walker believes that transit can be simple, if we focus on the underlying geometry that all transit systems share. Jarrett’s gift is being able to break down the basic principles of public transit so that you may have the tools necessary to clarify and advocate for your own values. Join Walker as he talks about his new book, Human Transit, and offers guidance to achieve successful public transit that will enrich any community.

Find out more and register for this free webinar here: tinyurl.com/HumanTransit0321

April 2Election Day. Please check with your county board candidates to learn their positions on public transportation in our region. Do they support improving and strengthening the SMRT system? Can they help the MTU expand to provide better service for Onalaska, West Salem, Holmen and others? Do they support rail and interstate bus improvements? Now is the time to vote transit advocates into office. Check your ballot, registration, polling place, and more at https://myvote.wi.gov 

April 28 – Earth Fair at Myrick Park. If you can help table for LATA, please contact us!

May 1 – Ride SMRT 2 Viroqua with LATA! We leave La Crosse mid-morning, ride the Scenic Mississippi Regional Transit bus to Viroqua and then spend the afternoon exploring and eating. Rides back are on your own with four different return options. Cost is $4 per ride, paid in cash to the bus driver. For more details see https://lacrosseata.blogspot.com/p/smrt-2-viroqua.html for details. Register at https://tinyurl.com/LATA2Viroqua

July 20 – The area Disability Action Network will host Disability Pride Fest from 11 to 4 at Central High School. If you would like to help table for LATA at this event, please email.

September 30 through October 6 is National Week Without Driving, a time for everyone to experience life as a non-driver by signing up for the Week Without Driving challenge. If you would like to help plan this important event, please email.

Saturday, March 2, 2024

Wisconsin Transit Riders Alliance Annual Meeting

 

Join us online on Saturday, March 9 to learn about MobiliSE and the FlexRide program that uses micro-transit to provide rides for workers in the Milwaukee area. The program is free and open to the public. Learn more here: https://witransitriders.org/events/annual-meeting or register for the program at https://tinyurl.com/WTRA0324 

Monday, February 12, 2024

Be a spring transit advocate!

First, THANK YOU! to those who participated in our Transit Equity Days programming, January 29 through February 4. We had positive feedback, good media coverage, and increased ridership. We were also fortunate to have the opportunity to speak about transit with several elected leaders from our area. Our event page has been updated with links to programs and media stories. If you missed the Transit to Trails webinar, you can view it at https://www.facebook.com/SierraClubWI/videos/1823149808147267/

PLEASE SIGN OUR VIRTUAL THANK YOU CARD to our area public transportation entities is still live; we'd like more signers! www.kudoboard.com/boards/GqNjtDaZ

The February 5 national TED live stream was great and included lots of great information and news. You can watch it at the Labor Network for Sustainability YouTube channel: https://www.labor4sustainability.org/transit-equity-2024/livestream/

The LNS also offers regular programs on different transit-related topics. Just recently a local transit advocated participated in their Disability in Transit webinar. The link for that is not yet available.

America Walks has put together a very important letter to elected leaders in Washington, DC, asking them to redirect transportation funding from highway expansions to maintaining existing roads and highways, improving public transit, and invest in communities that have been harmed by highway construction and expansion. It is signed by 195 organizations (8 from Wisconsin). PLEASE SIGN THE ACTION ALERT and encourage others to act. For more details, view the action toolkit

Three bills you can help promote:

 

  • Sen. Markey's Green Streets bill directs the Department of Transportation (DOT) to establish the Transit to Trails Grant Program to award grants to certain entities (e.g., states, local governments, and metropolitan planning organizations) for projects that increase transportation access and mobility to public lands, waters, parkland, monuments, or recreational opportunities for critically underserved communities.

  • Senator Booker's Transit to Trails Act directs the Department of Transportation (DOT) to establish the Transit to Trails  Grant Program to award grants to certain entities (e.g., states, local governments, and metropolitan planning organizations) for projects that increase transportation access and mobility to public lands, waters, parkland, monuments, or recreational opportunities for critically underserved communities.

1000 Friends of Wisconsin hosted a webinar last week about TheFuture of Passenger Rail in Wisconsin. Passenger rail is an important link to connect the local to the world. Plans for new rail and accompanying feeder bus service can make a huge difference in how we get around. (Still no public transit from Eau Claire to La Crosse, though!)

Our one-hour LATA leaders meeting is this coming Wednesday, February 14, at 5:30 p.m. online. We will talk about TED and take notes for next year's event plus start planning for our spring SMRT 2 Viroqua ride and talk about our Ride with a Guide program. If you are interested in attending, please email for the link. If you'd like to officially join LATA, please fill out this form (free this year).

The Wisconsin Sierra Club's monthly Transportation Equity and Access Team will meet next Wednesday, February 14 at 10 a.m. If you are a Sierra Club member (or want to join), it's a great way to work with others from around the state on fair and equitable transportation budgets, processes, and systems. Learn more here: https://act.sierraclub.org/actions/Wisconsin?actionId=AR0319098

The MTU Board will meet on February 20 from 4 to 5 p.m. online and in person at City Hall. The meeting is open to members of the public. Meeting details are not yet available but can be found at https://cityoflacrosse.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx

On February 21 at 7:30 p.m., join a free one-hour “Transit Activism Training: How to make your transit fantasies reality” with Carter Lavin, a climate and transit advocate from California and Hayden Clarkin (@the_transit_guy). Learn more and register here.

The Wisconsin Transit Riders Alliance annual meeting will be on March 9 from 10 a.m. to noon. It's open to all. The first hour is a public program with guest Dave Steele, Executive Director of MobiliSE, a Milwaukee area non-profit that operates FlexRide, a microtransit system that gets people from Milwaukee to area jobs. FlexRide is an outgrowth of a civil rights suit against WisDOT’s highway expansion program of about a decade ago and uses a pot of money that is separate from that of the regular bus system but the funding sources are ending soon. The talk is called MobiliSE: Addressing Immediate Needs, Focused on Long Term Solutions. From 11 to noon, the annual business meeting will take place. You can register here for the program and/or the meeting: tinyurl.com/WTRA0324

The Wisconsin Association of Rail Passengers' spring meeting will be on April 6 in Wisconsin Dells. Details aren't yet available but you can get updates at their website and we will update at ours when things are firmed up. For the past few years, they have offered an online option.

Finally, we are looking for people and organizations interested in planning for a Week Without Driving in late September/early October. Please email us if you are interested!


Sunday, February 4, 2024

Support the Stronger Communities Through Better Transit Act!

The Stronger Communities Through Better Transit Act, would authorize $20 billion annually for four years ($80B total) to transit systems for their operating budgets.

Please learn about the bill: https://usa.streetsblog.org/2024/02/01/could-this-bill-finally-give-transit-agencies-the-operations-funding-they-need

And contact your legislators to support and co-sponsor the bill. 

View the bill, summary, co-sponsors, schedule here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/3744

And, please support the Transit to Trails Act to ensure that anyone can access public green spaces, parks, and recreation areas whether or not they have a car.

https://www.congress.gov/bill/118th-congress/house-bill/3092


This recent post by Voices for Public Transportation looks at how transit continues to play a critical role in the continuing fight for racial justice and equity.



Friday, January 19, 2024

Transit Equity Days


In February 2018, the Amalgamated Transit Union partnered with the Labor Network for Sustainability to launch Transit Equity Day in honor of Rosa Parks, on her birthday, February 4. Mrs. Parks played a crucial role in the civil rights movement by increasing access and equity in public transportation. Today, that movement and her actions continue to resonate, lifting up transit as a workers’ rights, civil rights, and climate-justice issue.

For the past few years, the La Crosse area has recognized Transit Equity Days (TED), this year, January 29 through February 4 to educate our neighbors and community leaders about the importance of a strong public transportation system and to share our stories about using our current public transportation system. We are fortunate to have one of the best public transit systems in the state, but challenges remain for those who rely on transit as their main way to get around.

We are looking forward to a full week of activities and events. Here's an overview. For details, please see tinyurl.com/TEDLaCrosse2024

First, please SIGN OUR CARD to local transit operators, staff, and administrators by Jan. 27 so we can present the card at our Monday event.

FREE FARES on the MTU from Monday, Jan. 29 through Sunday, Feb. 4!

FREE FARES on the SMRT on Tuesday, January 30.

Monday, Jan. 29 at 11:15 a.m. at the Transit Center, a TED press event. 

Monday through Sunday, Jan. 29 through Feb. 4, the La Crosse Public Library will host a display. (The library is accessible via the Circulators.)

Monday through Friday, Jan. 29 through Feb. 2, Office Hours on the Bus. We invite local elected and community leaders to ride a circuit on the bus, talking with riders and drivers about their experiences.

Wednesday, January 31 at the Southside Neighborhood Center from 7 to 8:30 p.m. TRANSPORTATION LIBERATION to help people consider and plan to go car-lite or car-free. (Get there on the Circulators or #1.)

Thursday, February 1, the Wisconsin Sierra Club and Coulee Region Group Sierra Club will host an online program about the national Transit to Trails for All initiative that is working for better access via public transit to local, state, and national wild, green, and recreation areas. Learn more and register at tinyurl.com/WISC224-T2T4A

Sunday, February 4, the AARP will host a free screening of the Peabody Award-winning film, The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks at the Rivoli Theater at 1:30 p.m. followed by a panel discussion about transit equity in the La Crosse area. MUST PRE-REGISTER by clicking here (free). (Get there with #5.)

Monday, February 5, the Labor Network for Sustainability will host its annual Transit Equity Day livestream on its YouTube channel, including voices and events from around the country. Learn how to access the program at www.labor4sustainability.org/transit-equity-2024/livestream/ 

There's more! Please visit tinyurl.com/TEDLaCrosse2024 and plan to participate! 

If you'd like to help or co-sponsor, please email LaCrosseTransitAdvocates-at-proton.me

Thank you, co-sponsors:

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Rail Pass Discount

 


Explore the country with the USA Rail Pass

The USA Rail Pass gives you 10 rides (segments) over 30 days to your choice of over 500 destinations. When you book through January 25, 2024, you can explore for just $449. That’s a $50 saving and less than $45 per segment.

The USA Rail Pass allows you to take a multi-segment journey on Amtrak for one low, fixed price. After you purchase your pass, you will be able to start booking each segment of your trip directly from your purchase confirmation.

A travel segment occurs any time you board and disembark one of our trains (or other scheduled services). If your trip involves making one connection, you will use two segments of your USA Rail Pass.

The pass validity period is 120 days following the date of your purchase. Once you begin travel on your first segment, you will have 30 days to complete all remaining travel segments.

There are three important restrictions to keep in mind as you consider purchasing a USA Rail Pass:

Route Restrictions: USA Rail Pass is available on all Amtrak services with the exception of:

  • Acela
  • Auto Train
  • Maple Leaf (Canadian stations only)
  • Thruway Bus Series 7000-7999

Fare Types: USA Rail Pass is available for Sale and Value Fares only. Segments offering only Flex Fares are not available for rail pass bookings. When booking your segment on Amtrak.com or the Amtrak app, we will provide guidance on which departures are available with your pass.

City Pairs: Travel is restricted to two roundtrips (four one-way trips) between the same two stations — as well as all intermediate destinations on the route. To book multiple trips between the same two stations, consider a multi-ride pass.

Also, keep in mind that there are a limited number of seats available on each train for passengers booking trips on a USA Rail Pass.



Thursday, January 4, 2024

New Year, New Opportunities!

Happy New Year! Let's work to help more people make the transition to cleaner, cheaper, healthier, safer, and more environmentally friendly public transportation AND make public transportation stronger and better!

Here are some opportunities:

Transportation Camp is Saturday, January 6. This online national
unconference brings transit pros and advocates together to share ideas and plan for local and national improvements. The break-out board looks great and the speakers will be inspirational. Register at https://t4america.org/transportation-camp/

Our LATA Leaders group will meet online on Wednesday, January 10 at 5:30 p.m. to finalize plans for Transit Equity Days and continue planning for 2024 advocacy and events. Please join us! Email or call 608-315-2693 for access information. 

Transit Equity Days (TED) are coming January 29 through February 4. This annual event is a chance to educate our neighbors and community leaders about the importance of a strong public transportation system. The more of us participating and sharing our stories and ideas, the stronger our voices will be. 

We are still finalizing some parts of the event, but please pencil in these dates and times and join us if you can.

FREE FARES on the MTU from Monday, Jan. 29 through Friday, Feb. 2!

FREE FARES on the SMRT on one day during the week (TBD)

Monday morning at 10:15 a.m. on Jan. 29 at the Transit Center, a TED press event. Can you come and show your support?

Monday through Friday, Jan. 29 through Feb. 2, Office Hours on the Bus. Our local elected and community leaders have been very willing to ride and talk about transit in past years. It helps for them to hear from the many people with many reasons who ride the bus. We will post a schedule later this month at our event page. 

Monday through Sunday, Jan. 29 through Feb. 4 we are grateful to the La Crosse Public Library who will again host a display about the many aspects of Transit Equity. Please visit (you can take the Circulator!) and thank the Library for their support!

Wednesday, January 31 at the Southside Neighborhood Center from 7 to 8:30 p.m. TRANSPORTATION LIBERATION to help people consider and plan to go car-lite or car-free.

Thursday, February 1, the Wisconsin Sierra Club and Coulee Region Group Sierra Club will host an online program about the national Transit to Trails for All initiative that is working for better access via public transit to local, state, and national wild, green, and recreation areas. Without transit, many people are unable to access these health-giving, healing public spaces. Learn more and register at tinyurl.com/WISC224-T2T4A

Sunday, February 4, the AARP will host a free screening of the Peabody Award-winning film, The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks at the Rivoli Theater at 1:30 p.m. followed by a panel discussion about transit equity in the La Crosse area.

Monday, February 5, the Labor Network for Sustainability will host its annual Transit Equity Day livestream on its YouTube channel, including voices and events from around the country. Learn how to access the program at www.labor4sustainability.org/transit-equity-2024/livestream/ 

We are still working on a couple of other events! Please visit the event page at tinyurl.com/TEDLaCrosse2024 and plan to participate! 

Finally, PLEASE JOIN US! Our group has many friends but we have not really sought official members. But now we are. This year, no dues! Just fill out this form (no info will be sold or shared) tinyurl.com/JoinLATA and you will be an official La Crosse Area Transit Advocate!