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MCTS trims some transit service due to remote work schedules and Milwaukee County’s 2023 budget gap

Milwaukee County Transit System announced changes to service approved by Milwaukee County in the 2023 annual budget on November 21. The changes are due to a combination of several factors, including a projected 2025 transit funding gap, and a COVID-19-induced transition to hybrid work schedules downtown which led to reduced ridership on Freeway Flyer routes. According to a Milwaukee County Comptroller report released earlier this year, federal stimulus funds used by MCTS to maintain transit service will no longer be available in 2025. “The result will be a need to increase funding to MCTS by approximately $30 million simply...

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Wisconsin DNR Secretary Preston Cole retires after a 35-year career dedicated to public service

Governor Tony Evers announced on November 18 that Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary Preston D. Cole would be retiring from the Evers Administration on November 23 after a long and dedicated 35 year career in public service. “Preston has been an integral part of my administration since day one, and we are sorry to see him go,” said Governor Evers. “With his help, we brought science back to the DNR, we helped ensure Wisconsinites have cleaner, safer water, and we are tackling climate change head-on, all while supporting our state park system and the outdoor recreational economy...

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A Polish legacy of faith: Historic St. Hyacinth Church recognized as a Milwaukee County landmark

The Milwaukee County Historical Society’s Landmarks Committee recognized St. Hyacinth Roman Catholic Church, at 1414 W. Becher Street, as a County Landmark on November 14. Named for Hyacinth of Poland, the Church was a Polish-American neighborhood institution for more than 100 years. It was a focal point for the immigrant Polish community to come together in expression of its culture and Catholic faith. “Naming St. Hyacinth a Milwaukee County Landmark means more than just a title, it means a task for the present and future of the Catholic presence on the south side of Milwaukee,” said Rev. Hugo Londoño,...

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MCTS CONNECT: Milwaukee County Transit System celebrates arrival of first battery electric bus

A state-of-the-art bus and new brand for Milwaukee County transit was unveiled on November 10. The first of MCTS’s all-electric vehicles was presented at a special celebration on Wisconsin Avenue at the heart of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route. MCTS Interim President and Managing Director Denise Wandke, who began her career at MCTS 29 years ago as a bus operator, cited the collaboration across local, regional and national levels needed to bring electrification to the MCTS fleet and reach this milestone with the BRT. “The quest to bring the East-West Bus Rapid Transit System to Milwaukee began years...

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A generational opportunity: Design plans unveiled for extension of Milwaukee’s Harbor District Riverwalk

As economic development and progress continues to spur throughout the Harbor District, the Department of City Development (DCD) unveiled on November 4 the proposed design renderings for the Riverwalk extension planned for the growing neighborhood. The Harbor District Riverwalk is a redevelopment project located south of Harbor View Plaza in Milwaukee’s Harbor District. At close to three quarters of a mile in length, the project is a generational opportunity to build the largest new section of Milwaukee’s overall Riverwalk system. “Our waterways are a great natural resource, and as we add connections to the water, we celebrate this asset....

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Post-Election Audit: Wisconsin Elections Commission begins process to verify votes and certify results

Following the General Election on November 8, the Wisconsin Elections Commission confirmed Wisconsin’s 72 counties have reported 100% of the unofficial results. It is normal for election results to change slightly as election officials conduct the canvasses to ensure an accurate vote total and complete the certification process. “We’re proud of the hard work that our dedicated local election officials undertook to run a smooth election without significant problems,” said WEC Administrator Meagan Wolfe. “We have confirmed that all unofficial results have been reported by Wisconsin counties, which means local election officials are ready to begin the next step...

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