SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BUS

USE OF THE LOCAL BUS SHOULD BE SUPPORTED BECAUSE A BUS WITH 50 SEATED PASSENGERS TAKES UP ONLY 40 FEET OF THE TRAFFIC LANE AND REQUIRES NO DOWNTOWN PARKING. FORTY AUTOMOBILES WITH AN EQUIVALENT 40 DRIVERS AND 10 PASSENGERS REQUIRES A MOVING TRAFFIC LANE APPROXIMATELY 1/4 OF A MILE IN LENGTH AND A DOWNTOWN SURFACE PARKING LOT OF OVER 12,000 SQUARE FEET. THE MILWAUKEE TRANSIT SYSTEM IS USED AS AN EXAMPLE TO SHOW THAT NET INCOME IS SELDOM HIGH ENOUGH TO BE SUBJECT TO THE STATE INCOME TAX. IT IS EMPHASIZED THAT THE BENEFIT TO THE COMMUNITY OF A VIGOROUS, PROGRESSIVE TRANSIT SYSTEM IS UNLIMITED. THIS HIGH VALUE BENEFITS EVERYONE IN THE CITY: THE EMPLOYER, THE STORE MANAGER, THE TAX PAYER, THE AUTO DRIVER. THE ARGUMENT IS MADE THAT THE CENTRAL CITY SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE IN THE CENTRAL PART OF URBAN LIFE, AND, IF SO, IT REQUIRES ADEQUATE EMPHASIS ON ALL MODES OF TRANSPORTATION. FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS AS THE PORTIONS OF THE MILWAUKEE FREEWAY SYSTEM WERE OPENED, AND EXPRESS BUS SERVICE WAS INSTITUTED OPERATING FROM OUTLYING SUBURBAN COMMUNITIES TO THE CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT. THESE ROUTES HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED BY THE PUBLIC AND HAVE BEEN FINANCIALLY SUCCESSFUL. MILWAUKEE COUNTY IS NOW IN THE MIDST OF A TRANSIT STUDY WITH ONE OF ITS PRIME OBJECTIVES TO DEVELOP A PLAN TO EXPAND THIS TYPE OF SERVICE INCLUDING AN EXCLUSIVE RIGHT-OF-WAY FOR BUSES THROUGH THE CORRIDOR OF HEAVIEST TRAVEL. THE COMMUNITY MUST LOOK AT TRANSIT AS AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE TO ITS CITIZENS, JUST LIKE STREETS AND SIDEWALKS AND FIRE AND POLICE PROTECTION. THE TRANSIT MANAGER MUST MAINTAIN HIS FLEET SO THAT IT IS APPEALING TO RIDE ON. MASS TRANSIT CAN BE DEVELOPED AS A COMMUNITY TRANSPORTATION TOOL BY: (1) STRESSING THE ISSUE OF MASS TRANSIT AND ITS IMPORTANCE TO THE COMMUNITY, (2) SPEEDING UP TRANSIT BY ADVANCE TURNING ARROWS FAVORING BUS TURNS, TRAFFIC LIGHT TIMING TO FAVOR BUSES, OR PERHAPS TRAFFIC LIGHTS ACTIVATED BY THE BUS, (3) GIVING CONSIDERATION TO TRANSIT IN ESTABLISHING ONE-WAY STREETS, (4) ENCOURAGING THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUTLYING PARKING AREAS WHERE COMMUTERS AND SHOPPERS CAN PARK THEIR CAR AND RIDE THE BUS TO COMPLETE THEIR TRIP, (5) CONVERTING ARTERIAL STREETS FROM 25% OR 50% PARKING LOT TO 100% TRAFFIC FACILITY, (6) ESTABLISHING BUS LOADING ZONES THAT ARE ADEQUATE IN LOCATION AND IN LENGTH, AND (7) ENCOURAGING THE ERECTION OF SHELTERS OR AT LEAST A BENCH AT BUS STOPS AND TRANSFER POINTS.

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  • Accession Number: 00241267
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 11 pp
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 9 1970 12:00AM