Save Our JobLines!
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JobLines – A Lifeline We Could Lose!
The lack of employment opportunities for residents of the inner city – especially those ages 18-30 – is one of Milwaukee’s most critical challenges. Three years ago, the Milwaukee County Transit System JobLines, routes 6 and 61, were created to connect those in our hardest-hit urban neighborhoods to a multitude of opportunities outside the city. Suddenly moms, dads, young people just getting a start in life had newfound access to available jobs in retail, manufacturing and more – as well as internships, apprenticeships and community colleges that would create a career path.
Today, these two bus routes are a lifeline for so many in our community, and are experiencing record ridership. Every day, more than 1,000 riders rely on the JobLines to get them to work at more than 150 employers throughout Waukesha and Washington Counties. But at the close of 2018, funding for the project will be exhausted, and it could be the end of the line for the JobLines!
Losing the JobLines Would Be a Loss for Everyone
The JobLines don’t just benefit the workers who ride them. For companies along the routes, they are a crucial connection to a vast pool of talented, motivated employees. For the entire Greater Milwaukee economy, they are a powerful turn in the right direction. Public transportation attracts business development, supports job growth, relieves traffic congestion, and helps lift people out of poverty. Eliminating these routes will jeopardize hundreds of jobs for the riders and families who depend on them – adding to unemployment, affecting lives, and negatively impacting the economic output of the areas they serve.
The entire Greater Milwaukee community needs the JobLines! It’s time for us to stand together to change the way we think about, the way we invest in, and the way we create and maintain a public transportation system that is for the good of all of us.
Join us in the fight to save the JobLines!
Add Your Voice!
By signing our petition, you join all of us who know that cutting job-focused bus routes are not in the interest of our communities and the Greater Milwaukee Area economy. Your signature will empower our voice to encourage the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors and MCTS to reevaluate transportation funding and dedicate the resources needed to continue these vital routes.
Together, we can keep the JobLines rolling!
JobLines — Milwaukee County Transit System’s (MCTS) bus routes 6 and 61 — is a joint initiative among MCTS, BHCW (Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin) and MICAH (Milwaukee Inner-city Congregations Allied for Hope), connecting Milwaukee residents with suburban job opportunities.
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