Our Platform

WISCONSIN TRANSIT RIDERS ALLIANCE

Platform (PDF file)

  1. Make transit an integral and non-revocable component of the state’s transportation fund that is allocated at least 20% of all appropriations.
  2. Include “pay-as-you-drive” as an auto insurance option.
  3. Expand WisDOT’s operational assistance to public transit agencies. Not only restore the entire 2011-2013 cut but enhance funding back to historic levels (50%, 60% & 65% for Tier A, B & C systems respectively).
  4. Authorize a significant state capital program for transit.
  5. Enable statewide the existence of Regional Transportation Authorities that allocate at least 40% of their funds to public transit. Each RTA must be accountable to the public and be governed by an elected board.
  6. Assign city buses right of way re-enter traffic lane (see Minnesota State Statute 169.20 Subd. 7 at https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=169.20).
  7. Establish State Commuter Choice Income Tax deduction for commuting to work by methods other than driving alone.
  8. Legislate safety limitations on how long a bus driver can continuously operate a bus similar to federal regulations regarding operating a truck or intercity coach (see https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/hours-service/summary-hours-service-regulations).
  9. Encourage bicycle accommodation integrated with mass transit in the form of better bike access to stations and to transit corridors, bike storage and parking at transit stations, bikes on buses and trains, and bike share programs.
  10. Fund kids commuting to K-12 schools.
  11. Provide financial assistance to individuals or households with transit fares similar to federal assistance with food and housing or state assistance with heating in the winter.
  12. Consider citizen access by public transportation a key feature in the location of State office buildings.
  13. Help establish inter-modal transit terminals in all major population centers.

Updated July 27, 2016

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