LETTER: Many Ozaukee residents need bus transit; don’t give up on it

To Ozaukee Press:

At last week’s public hearing held by the Ozaukee County Public Works Committee to determine the need for mass transit to and from Milwaukee, there were 11 attendees and 16 emails expressing opinions about the current service. That service is provided by the Milwaukee County Transit System, whose contract ends Dec. 31, 2022. All of those attending shared their reasons for riding the bus and why they support the service.

Mass transit ridership has decreased nationwide, in part because of the pandemic. The number of riders using the Ozaukee-Milwaukee service has been increasing on a monthly basis, but is still well below the peak ridership of 2008. The committee reviewed budget numbers that show the expense of the service outweighing its usage.

This service is a valuable community resource, and it would be unfortunate to lose it. I encourage members of the public who depend on Ozaukee Express service and those who understand its value to the county to contact the Public Works Committee at transit @co.ozaukee.wi.us to express their support and offer suggestions for continuing the service.

Susan Griswold



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