Monday, January 31, 2011

Public Hearing on RTA Draft Phase I Plan

The Dane County Regional Transit Authority has released the Draft Phase 1 Plan for Transit. The RTA now has a website:

You can read the entire draft plan on their website.

The RTA will hold a public hearing on:
Wednesday, February 9 at 6:00 p.m.,
Fitchburg City Hall
5520 Lacy Road, Fitchburg

Local officials received the following letter from RTA Chair Dick Wagner:

Dear Public Officials in Dane County,

Since its beginnings in early 2010 the Dane County Regional Transit Authority (RTA) has held meetings around the RTA area to meet with local officials and discuss transit planning and options.

We have also worked with officials and transit commissions in multiple communities to listen to demands for transit and possible service options for the region. Additionally, we have consulted with the staff of the MPO which does transportation planning for the same area as the RTA.

The result is the Draft Phase I Plan for Transit which has been approved for circulation and discussion. At the suggestion of town officials, who have attended our sessions, we are sending it to all municipalities in Dane County. We do this to honor the request.

However, it should be noted in accordance with the resolution adopted at our first meeting we will hold a referendum only in the RTA area. As a constituted municipal entity we cannot authorize a referendum outside our boundaries. We recognize that there is some misconception that if the referendum passes and a sales tax is imposed as to where it will be applied. Again, statutes are specific that the sales tax is only imposed within the RTA area.

The plan is presented for comments and discussion. No decision has been made by the RTA on what or when to have a referendum.

Additional information on the RTA can be found at our web site - - including a list of members and how to contact them. Comments may also be sent to David Trowbridge

The RTA has scheduled a public hearing at one of its regularly-scheduled Board of Directors meetings - Wednesday, February 9, 6:00 p.m., Fitchburg City Hall (5520 Lacy Road, Fitchburg) - to also receive comments from citizens who wish to express their views. We hope the product of our work can be improved by public discussion. Thank you for your interest in our work.


Dick Wagner, Chair
Dane County Regional Transit Authority

The RTA will hold a public hearing on:
Wednesday, February 9 at 6:00 p.m.,
Fitchburg City Hall
5520 Lacy Road, Fitchburg

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