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Wednesday, June 1, 2016


JUNE 8, 2016 - The Introduction


June 1, 2016

MILWAUKEE | Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC announced the 1st INFRASTRUCTURE SEMINAR for Equity, Wednesday, June 8, 2016, Center Street Library, 2727 W. Center, 1:00pm - 3:00pm.

On April 12th & 14th, 2016, Milwaukee County had the consultant groups, Dan Meyers, AECOM and Caron Kloser, HNTB, to explain the East/West Study Overview for an application for $40 million Small Starts grant.

Public Involvement 1 (April 12 & 14)
The results from the two (2) public hearings - taxpayers - were:

  • Not relevant to need - wrong corridor - did not include African American and others in need of connectivity to employment and quality of life.
  • Too expensive.
  • Not faster service (1 hour) beyond what is available by Gold Line or 31.
  • Dispute of reported corridor ridership on Wisconsin Avenue.
  • Citizen Participation left out - two months prior to submitting Federal Transit Administration A Small Starts Application.
Public Involvement 2 (May 18, 2016)
The results from the May 18, 2016 Public Hearing were:
  • Added Alternative 1, 2 & 3 - not explained and not understood.
  • More and more renderings but lacking explanation and relevance to taxpayers-ridership concerns in the city of Milwaukee.
  • Comment sheet with Alternatives with features not understood - after being told at Public Involvement 1, the East/West study was UNACCEPTABLE.
  • Lack of citizenry-taxpayers present.    
  • Heavy participation of appointed-hired and donor for hire representatives.     
Meyers, AECOM, Kloser, HNTB, Brian Dranzik, Milwaukee County, Ken Little, Sewrpc, and others - not too much citizen participation, appeared at Marquette on May 18, 2016 with more visuals but lacking credibility of need for the ridershiplinking employment and improving the quality of life and safety of Milwaukeeans, the Core Constituents.

Introduction & LUNCH & LEARN
MPA LLC has 3 seminars to help inform the citizenry and the 14 members of the SAG - Stakeholders Advisory Group.  There are 29 individuals representing the 14 groups.

The immediate WHOA that MPA LLC saw with the SAG group are:
  • Lack of African American, other People of Color and the Work Challenged.
  • Lack of the merits of INFRASTRUCTURE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION for the ridership in the city of Milwaukee to Employment hot spots.
  • Not the best use of FTA Small Starts funding for the needs of Milwaukeeans.

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