About 50 people showed up Tuesday night at the first of three sessions this week at which the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission introduced the first five chapters of its Racine County Transit Plan. About 15 stayed long enough to hear a short present ion by SEWRPC senior planner Sonia Dubielzig and ask a few questions.
The meeting was held in Racine's Metro Transit Center, with buses loading and unloading on one side, and -- perfect timing -- a train passing by on the other. Perfect because it illustrated the mix of commuting choices that local transit proponents desperately want; somewhat less than perfect in that nobody could hear anything but train noises as it passed by.
The beautifully restored railroad waiting room -- it never fails to impress -- was lined with information posters from the transit plan's draft, showing things like current bus routes and their daily usage, the upward arc of bus passengers (until 1981) and the downward arc since then (higher fares, general economic issues), and the direction of almost 500,000 "commuting" trips per day made by Racine County residents -- mostly by car.
The information came from the preliminary draft of the first five chapters, all of which are online in individual .pdf files:
- Chapter I, "Introduction" – Preliminary Draft
- Chapter II, "Existing Public Transit System" – Preliminary Draft
- Chapter III, "Land Use and Travel Patterns" – Preliminary Draft
- Chapter IV, "Public Transit Service Objectives and Standards" – Preliminary Draft
- Chapter V, "Evaluation of the Belle Urban System and Identification of Unmet Transit Service Needs" – Preliminary Draft
Fill in your own blanks. Public comments are encouraged -- either at the meetings, or online.
Another public meeting is scheduled today and next week:
- Wednesday, Oct. 28, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Burlington Town Hall, 32288 Bushnell Road.
- Wednesday, Nov. 4, 5 - 7 p.m., Ives Grove Office Complex Auditorium, 14200 Washington Ave., Sturtevant.
Click here to see Racine County 5-Year Transit Plan Newsletter
For more information contact Transit NOW at 262-246-6151.