DRW Supervising Attorney Alan Freed wrote the following letter to the editor, which appeared in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on Monday, April 12:
The disabled need an RTA
Most people with disabilities in southeastern Wisconsin do not drive, do not have the luxury of owning cars, and therefore, absolutely depend on access to affordable public transit and/or paratransit in order to live independently, work, go to school, the doctor or to visit family and friends.
A regional transit authority would allow people with disabilities to be more fully invested members of their communities and let them seamlessly cross county boundaries as employees and consumers.
Unless the Legislature prioritizes passage of RTA-enabling legislation this session, potential cuts to Milwaukee County’s public transit system next year will result in fewer bus routes and reduce the existing countywide paratransit service area to the federal minimum. Without access to paratransit, these residents will lose their access to independence.
Disability Rights Wisconsin strongly urges the Legislature to pass this bill.
Alan Freed Jr.
Disability Rights Wisconsin