Governor Walker has proclaimed February 4 through 10 as Wisconsin Transit Week.
Ian Ritz with WisDOT’s transit section explains the benefits of public transportation.
"Aside from reducing carbon, aside from reducing congestion, transit provides ways for individuals to get to work, to get to medical appointments, to go to the grocery store or the bank. So it’s critical, it’s critical for these individuals, some of whom have no other means of transportation, some individuals ride it by choice."
Currently, there are 81 public transit systems in Wisconsin. They include urban and rural bus systems and shared-ride taxi systems. Approximately 55 percent of the state’s population has access to public transportation.