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Special Committee on Regional Transportation Authority

Chair: Sen. Judy Robson
Legislative Council Staff: Larry Konopacki and Scott Grosz
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The Special Committee is directed to review and provide recommendations on how to create a statutory framework enabling counties, cities, villages, and towns to create regional transportation authorities (RTA) to promote regional cooperation on transportation issues, including:  the funding mechanisms to be used to support an RTA; the method of creation of an RTA, the representation and participation of member units of government on an RTA; the types of transportation services that an RTA could be authorized to administer; and the scope and limits of other RTA authority.

Recommendations to the Legislature
Recommendations to the Joint Legislative Council (March 26, 2009)
  • Results of the March 26 meeting.
  • Proposed Report to the Legislature 2009-08, Special Committee on Regional Transportation Authority,
  • WLC: 0063/2, relating to the creation of regional transit authorities and making appropriations.
March 4, 2009 Meeting
  • Memo No. 4, Comparison of WLC: 0063/1 and Substitute Amendment 1 to WLC: 0063/1 (March 2, 2009).
  • WLC:  0063/1,  relating to the creation of regional transit authorities and making appropriations.
  • Substitute Amendment 1 to WLC: 0063/1.
  • Amendment 1 to Substitute Amendment 1 to WLC: 0063/1.
  • Amendment 2 to Substitute Amendment 1 to WLC: 0063/1.
  • Amendment 5 to Substitute Amendment 1 to WLC: 0063/1.
  • Amendment 6 to Substitute Amendment 1 to WLC: 0063/1.
  • Amendment 8 to Substitute Amendment 1 to WLC: 0063/1.
  • Amendment 9 to Substitute Amendment 1 to WLC: 0063/1.
February 11, 2009 Meeting
  • WLC:  0063/P2,  relating to the creation of regional transit authorities and making appropriations.
  • Memo No. 3, WLC:  0063/P2, Relating to the Creation of Regional Transit Authorities and Making Appropriations (February 11, 2009).
November 13, 2008 Meeting (CANCELED)
  • Memo No. 2, List of Potential Bill Draft Discussion Topics (November 5, 2008).
  • Presentation, by Rob Henken, President, Public Policy Forum.
  • Chart, Wisconsin Urbanized Area Transit Systems:  Operating Costs & Shares by Funding Source By Calendar Year, Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
October 9, 2008 Meeting
  • WLC:  0063/P1, relating to the creation of regional transit authorities, requiring a referendum, and making appropriations.
  • Memo No. 1, WLC: 0063/P1, relating to the creation of regional transit authorities, requiring a referendum, and making appropriations (October 2, 2008).
  • Memorandum, Madison/Dane County Transport 2020 Commuter Rail Project, from David Trowbridge, Madison Transport 2020 Project Manager (September 30, 2008).
  • Handout regarding several examples of privatization in the transit industry and in Wisconsin, submitted by Paul J. Larrouse, Director, National Transit Institute, Rutgers.
  • Memorandum, Status of Proposed Kenosha-Racine-Milwaukee (KRM) Commuter Rail Application for Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5309 Discretionary “New Start Transit Fixed Guideway” Capital Grant, from Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission Staff (September 10, 2008).
    • KRM, The Kenosha-Racine-Milwaukee Commuter Link, Edition 3 (January 2007).
  • Memorandum, Executive  Summary:  Milwaukee Connector Study October 2008, submitted by Mark Kaminski.
  • Presentation by Josh Koskinen, Division Administrator/Chief Economist, Division of Research and Policy, and Paul Ziegler, Team Leader, Sales and Property Tax policy Team, Department of Revenue.
  • Presentation by Scott Bernstein, President, Center for Neighborhood Technology.
September 17, 2008 Meeting
  • Presentation by Paul J. Larrousse, Director, National Transit Institute, Edward J. Bloustein SChool ofPlanning and Public Policy, Rutgers University (September 17, 2008).
    • Testimony, by Paul J. Larrousse, Director, National Transit Institute, Edward J. Bloustein SChool ofPlanning and Public Policy, Rutgers University (September 17, 2008).
  • Presentation by Rod Clark, Director, Bureau of Transit, Local Roads, Railroads and Harbors, Department of Transportation (September 17, 2008).
August 7, 2008 Meeting
  • Presentation by Art Guzzetti, Vice President-Policy, American Public Transportation Association (August 7, 2008).
  • Presentation by Stewart McKenzie, Community Planner, Federal Transit Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation (August 7, 2008).
  • Presentation by Angelica Salgado, Transportation Specialist, Federal Transit Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation (August 7, 2008).
  • Materials distributed at the request of Public Member Len Brandrup:
    • Regional Transportation Authority Funding Options (1/9/07).
    • Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Transit Authority (1/15/07).
    • Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Transit Authority Funding Source Analysis (1/30/07).
    • KRM Transit Development Benefit Fee Revenue Estimates (1/26/07).
    • County Sales Tax Distributions, 2006, Division of Enterprise Services, Wisconsin Department of Revenue.
  • Surface Transportation Funding:  Options for States, National Conference of State Legislatures.
  • Survey of State Funding for Public Transportation, American Public Transportation Association.