Eau Claire’s public transportation needs highlighted in new report

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Eau Claire (WQOW) — Eau Claire’s public transportation system is trying to keep up with the demand, but according to a recent report, it’s struggling.

City leaders and community members gathered at the bus transit center in downtown Eau Claire Tuesday afternoon to discuss what could be done to better our public transportation system.

The report, compiled by local and statewide organizations, highlighted barriers Eau Claire Transit faces, like under-served areas of the city – specifically the northwest and southeast areas.

Chippewa Valley Transit Alliance and city council member Jeremy Gragert told News 18, public transit is an important part of Eau Claire.

“A lot of it is about people being able to get to work and medical appointments,” Gragert said. “It’s one of those things that people of every age, income and ability should still be able to get where they need to go, and you shouldn’t need a car to live in a city.”

Gragert also encouraged everyone to take a ride on a city bus, get to know those most impacted by public transportation, and get familiar with Eau Claire’s transit system.

If you’d like to read the “Arrive Together: Transportation Access and Equity in Wisconsin” report, click here.

Samantha Wensel

Samantha Wensel

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