FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Craig Thompson, Executive Director (608) 256-7044 September 22, 2011
Public Transit is an Important Alternative for Many in Wisconsin
Madison – Governor Scott Walker has declared September 26-October 2, 2011 Wisconsin Transit Week, a week for education, awareness and celebration of Wisconsin’s public transportation system. This is also a week to recognize the variety of public transportation services provided by Wisconsin’s bus systems, shared-ride taxis as well as the specialized paratransit and medical transportation companies.
The Transportation Development Association (TDA) is sponsoring Wisconsin Transit Week to bring attention to the benefits of public transportation.
“Transit is a critical component to the overall transportation network,” said TDA Executive Director, Craig Thompson. “Public transportation systems in Wisconsin provide more than 70 million rides each year to help people get to work, access health care, do their shopping and visit family and friends.”
Transit can also save money and time for those who use it. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), car owners spend roughly $9000 a year on the overall cost of owning and maintaining a vehicle. Trying transit or another form of public transportation could alleviate that yearly expenditure.
Craig Thompson and TDA are encouraging people in Wisconsin to pay tribute to the thousands of men and women who work in the transit industry and ask that residents consider taking the bus or another form of public transportation this week.
The Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin is a statewide alliance representing more than 400 transportation stakeholders committed to working together for the best in transportation. TDA members include business, labor, units of government and organizations, as well as individuals.
For more information on Wisconsin Transit Week or the Transportation Development Association visit http://www.tdawisconsin.org or contact Craig Thompson at (608) 256-7044.