Report: Wisconsin public transit limited by stagnant funding
A new report says Wisconsin communities have lacked funding to expand public transportation services.
Wisconsin Public Radio reports that nine Wisconsin nonprofit organizations reviewed U.S. Census data, local transit reports and interviewed riders for the two-year study.
Cassie Steiner is the public relations associate for the Wisconsin John Muir Chapter of the Sierra Club and one of the authors of the report. She says transit officials are doing the best with the funds they have, but the study found gaps in most transit systems around Wisconsin.
Regional transportation planners say the report doesn't consider how lack of ridership hinders the ability to expand services in some areas.
Jackie Eastwood is transportation planner for the La Crosse Area Planning Committee. She says it's not practical to have public transportation to every community in the area.