Sunday, February 22, 2009

Progressive Dane Co-Chair Jacque Pokorney on the Transit/Bus Fare Debate and Other Issues

On the Feb. 21st Forward Forum: the City of Madison transit debate.

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This Tuesday, should the Madison Common Council override a transit authority compromise that limited a proposed bus fare increase to 25 cents (from $1.50 to $1.75 per ride), or should they approve an increase to $2.00? Our guest will be Jacque Pokorney, co-chair of Progressive Dane.

Bigger picture issues have also been a part of this debate, including concerns that the mayor and some council members have tried to circumvent good public process. Or are they just doing the responsible thing in a time of necessary fiscal austerity? Others are concerned that a fare increase would be counterproductive--that any theoretical additional income would be offset by a decrease in ridership as a result of the higher fares. Still others wonder if a special approach is needed to recognize the enormous burdens facing people with limited incomes in a time when the economic downturn is hitting them especially hard.

There will be a public hearing at Tuesday's Common Council meeting, but this is your chance to get a a broader audience fired up about this issue through our show. Please call us at 321-1670.

This is also an opportunity for us to learn more about the larger agenda of Progressive Dane.

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