Gov. Evers announces $19.7 million investment for transit services in Milwaukee County

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers announced a $25 million investment in transit services for the city of Madison and Milwaukee County on Monday, Aug. 30.

The investment is supported by the state's American Rescue Plan Act dollars and includes more than $5.2 million for the city of Madison and more than $19.7 million for Milwaukee County.

Last week Evers announced $250 million for two new competitive grant programs to help communities across the state recover from the pandemic with a $200 million Neighborhood Investment Fund, and $50 million Healthcare Infrastructure Captial Investment grant program. 

“I often talk about connecting the dots, and that's what our vital transit systems do across our state, helping workers, families, and students get from point A to point B safely,” said Gov. Evers. “For our most urban centers to be targeted by Republican cuts during the last budget was a slap in the face to the disproportionate number of Wisconsinites in those communities who depend on public transit to get to school, work, doctor's appointments—you name it. I am glad to be putting our ARPA funds to good use in these communities to help ensure our families, workers and businesses, and our economic drivers for the state continue to bounce back from the pandemic and see long-term economic recovery.”

The resources announced Monday will help Milwaukee and Madison support continuing transit services to help Wisconsin residents get to work, school, job training, medical appointments, and other activities. 

“Thank you to Congress for passing the American Rescue Plan and thank you to Governor Evers for recognizing the importance of funding a key resource for Milwaukee County residents. Transportation is an important resource in any community, but especially in Milwaukee County where we believe every resident should have connections to job centers, grocery stores, medical offices, and recreation,” said Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley. “This is an investment in equity for our county and the exact kind of actions we need to take if we want to see families, communities, and our economy succeed for years to come.”

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