That is according to this article posted this morning on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel website.
This is incredibly frustrating and disappointing news, especially this comment, where the transit director appears to bring race into the decision and in doing so pits the City of Milwaukee vs. suburbs.
MCTS approached the cuts by trying to affect the fewest riders possible and with concern for racial equity, MCTS leaders said.
“If you look at us being stewards of services for low-income, minority populations that have endured 400 years of racism, it’s hard for us to say we’re going to take two miles of a bus route off of this road in the county so that we can preserve park-ride service for — and I’m overgeneralizing — a suburbanite who can afford their own car,” said Dan Boehm, MCTS president and managing director.
Now is not the time to cut transit service. A strong multi-modal transportation network — one that offers more than cars as ways to get to work, shopping or just generally around town — is more critical than ever in attracting and retaining businesses and residents, and connecting people with jobs and employers with people.
Thankfully, this is not the final word. We will fight this, in partnership with others. For now, I welcome your thoughts …
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