The League of Women Voters of Winnebago County will be hosting an informational presentation on the future of public transportation in our communities at the Food for Thought lunch on Wednesday, January 10, 2018. Representatives from ESTHER a non-profit interfaith social justice organization will be speaking.

Connie Kanitz, a LWV member and chairperson of ESTHER’s Transportation Task Force will speak about whether or not our public transit systems are meeting the needs of our citizens. What about people who cannot drive due to age, disability, income or other factors? Are they cut off from jobs, health services, etc.? Connie and others were involved in a project forcused on talking with many bus riders to learn of their experiences. What is working well? What improvements are needed? One of the primary barriers for those who do not have an automobile is getting to and from jobs, expecially on 2nd and 3rd shifts. She will also give an overview of trends in state and federal funding for transit in local areas and discuss the ‘Coalition for More Responsible Transportation in Wisconsin’, an organization that calls for more cost-effective state transportation spending that better meets local needs.

Appearing with Connie will be Jennifer Considine, an Oshkosh ESTHER member and an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at UW-Oshkosh. She and others have presented a plan to the Oshkosh Area School District supporting a revenue agreement between OASD and Go-Transit that will allow 7 to 18 year old students to ride public buses for free. Most students in the City of Oshkosh do not qualify for free district busing. Students may be walking up to 2 miles to and from school if their families cannot afford bus fares.  In winter weather, particularly, many students miss school days because of lack of transportation.

The public is welcome to attend this program and no advance registration is necessary. The lunch will be held on Wednesday at Primo Restaurant, 2605 Jackson St., Oshkosh. If you plan to have lunch please arrive by 11:50 a.m. so you may place your order from the menu before the program begins shortly after noon. Audience questions and discussion are encouraged.

Contact Ann Marshall at 920-231-8002 for more information about the luncheon and/or to learn more about the League of Women Voters of Winnebago County


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