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FW: Madison Metro Bus Service at Risk - Public Hearing and Decision Next Tuesday

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  • Mike Neuman
    Here s the kind of havoc that higher diesel fuel costs have raised in Madison, Wisconsin. Although bus ridership numbers have been going up since July (when
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 11, 2005
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      Here's the kind of havoc that higher diesel fuel costs have raised in
      Madison, Wisconsin. Although bus ridership numbers have been going
      up since July (when gas prices took off), so are the costs of running
      the bus routes. So now they're saying they need to cut services
      (routes and times of operations) to keep operating costs down.

      Make sense?

      Mike N.

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      Madison Metro Bus Service at Risk - Public Hearing and Decision Next
      Tuesday

      In spite of the fact that mass transit is more environmentally
      sustainable, less congestion-causing, more energy-efficient and is
      more affordable than using personal automobiles, Mayor Dave's
      proposed operations budget for 2006 will mean drastic cuts in Madison
      Metro bus service, throughout the City of Madison.

      In response, several city alders have proposed an amendment to
      increase next year's city operations budget (by $557,000) to provide
      the necessary funding for Madison Metro to avoid having to make
      harmful service cuts. Sources in support say the amendment will fail
      next Tuesday when the Madison City Council meets to finalize the
      budget, unless they find 3 more alders to vote in support the
      amendment!

      Sustain Dane members who live in Madison and who don't want to see
      Madison Metro's current bus service within Madison cut should email
      or phone their alders BEFORE NEXT TUESDAY and request they vote to
      approve the amendment, even if the increase will mean further
      increases in property taxes.

      You might argue that the cost of continuing to maintain an affordable
      bus service in Madison is greatly worth avoiding the expected losses
      in clean air, economic vitality, safety, and ease of travel in the
      city which would unquestionably result if Madison Metro bus service
      in the city is cut, which Madison Metro said it will have no choice
      to do if the mayor's budget passes unchanged.

      Madison residents also have the opportunity testify at a public
      hearing that will be held in conjunction with the City Council
      meeting on Tuesday. The City Council meeting will take place in Rm.
      201 of the City/County Bldg. Registration is at 6:30 PM and your
      testimony can be short as 10 seconds or as long as 5 minutes. It's
      up to you.

      The following specific cuts in bus service could result if the City's
      operation budget is not increased by at least $557,000 to make up for
      higher Madison Metro costs in 2006 (mostly from increased price of
      fuel):

      - Reduce frequency on Sundays to one hour for routes 2 & 3.

      - Drop routes 34 and 39 midday to Dean Health Clinic.

      - Eliminate service on all holidays.

      - Reduce Sat. and Sun. service to one hour for routes 2-5.

      - Cut half of Route 62 bus trips.

      - Eliminate early AM and late PM service as follows:

      Route 3 - Eastbound trip from Monroe/Glenway to ETP
      Route 6 - Last trips between WTP and West Towne
      Route 8 - First AM trip from Old Middleton/Knoches
      Route 18 - Last trip from WTP to ETP
      Route 21 - Last Trip from NTP
      Route 27 - Garage pull-out trip
      Route 37 - Garage westbound Wilson/MLK to Univ./Walnut
      Route 38 - Service would start at Dempsey/Cottage Grove
      Route 40 - Last trip from STP
      Route 43 - Last trip from STP
      All routes - Eliminate Sunday service after 8 PM
      All service before 6 am and late PM except UW campus

      Information on specific alders can be found at
      http://www.cityofmadison.com/council/ If you send an email message
      to your alder, include your address as that confirms that you live
      within the alder's district. It is important that city of Madison
      residents give their opinion on the need for the City Council and
      Mayor Dave to keep Madison Metro bus service economically viable
      before the city operating budget for 2006 is finalized next Tuesday
      night.

      Mike Neuman

      Also see:
      "Metro Bus Service Cuts Loom Big for 2006"
      http://madison.indymedia.org/feature/display/27200/index.php
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