(WEAU) – Governor Scott Walker approved five grants Friday for projects to help non-urbanized areas develop or expand public transportation, including some areas in Western Wisconsin.
The funds, which total just under $1.7 million, come from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation through the Federal Transit Administration’s Supplemental Transportation Rural Assistance Program.
More than $300,000 will go to continuing to fund commuter bus service in La Crosse, Prairie du Chien, Viroqua, Westby and other smaller communities in Crawford and Vernon counties. The program began in early December 2012.
Nearly $200,000 will go towards a shared-ride taxi service program in the city of Neillsville and Clark County. The Clark County taxi began in 2011 and is expanding to include more regular service to the city of Stanley.
Wisconsin Department of Transportation Press Release
Governor Walker approves nearly $1.7 million for rural transit projects
Governor Scott Walker approved five grants today totaling $1,698,369 for projects to help non-urbanized areas develop or expand public transportation. The funds are administered by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) through the Federal Transit Administration’s Supplemental Transportation Rural Assistance Program (STRAP).
“These grants provide incentives to local governments and tribal governments to continue, expand or begin new rural public transit systems,” said Governor Walker. “Public transit in our rural areas is critical to meet basic transportation needs for many Wisconsin residents.”
2013 Project Awards and Details
• Lac du Flambeau Tribe: $165,444
Start-up of a transit service that will provide demand-response and deviated fixed-route service on the Lac du Flambeau Reservation in Vilas County. The project will also provide service from the reservation to the population centers of Minocqua and Woodruff. These services are projected to begin in April 2013. No current public transit service exists in this part of the state. This project is the result of a federal planning grant that resulted in the Lac du Flambeau Tribe’s Transit Development Plan.
• Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin: $790,562
Funding of new services Menominee Regional Transit added in 2011 and 2012, including the expansion of public transit services into new areas of Langlade, Menominee and Shawano counties – as well as late-night and weekend service.
• Janesville-Milton-Whitewater Commuter Bus: $243,525
This service began in April 2012. Funding will include additional service on weekdays and Sunday – connecting the cities of Janesville and Milton to work and university centers in the city of Whitewater. It is partially the product of an earlier STRAP planning grant on commuter bus service between Janesville and Whitewater.
• Southwest Wisconsin Commuter Bus: $307,326
Continued funding of commuter bus service that began in early December 2012, serving the cities of Prairie du Chien, Viroqua, Westby and La Crosse – as well as smaller communities in Crawford and Vernon counties. This service is also the result of a previous transit plan for the area.
• Neillsville/ Clark County Taxi: $191,312
Funding for both segments of the shared-ride taxi service in the city of Neillsville and Clark County. The Clark County taxi began in 2011 and is being expanding to include more regular service to the city of Stanley.
These projects are expected to have up to 80 percent of the operating deficit provided by the Federal Transit Administration under 49 USC § 5314 (CFDA 20.509).