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Wisconsin transit

In addition to breaking a 40-year passenger record last year, reaching 14.9 million rides, a 9.5% increase, the Madison-based transit system implemented innovative programs, such as a third-party smartphone application and improved fuel efficiency with the use of 19 hybrid buses.

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Green Bay Metro thriving under new chief

Offering free service for Green Bay Packer games is among the many changes new Green Bay Metro Director Tom Wittig has implemented since coming to the agency in June, to help rejuvenate community interest in riding the bus.

U. Wis.-Green Bay signs U-Pass agreement

New contract does away with the former agreement, under which a $35,000 annual lump-sum payment — underwritten by student fees and a portion of University parking fees — was paid to Metro in exchange for unlimited bus rides for students, faculty and staff.

Wis. lawmakers repeal regional transit

The Wisconsin legislature committee voted to end four newly formed regional transit authorities, including one responsible for a proposed commuter rail line from Milwaukee to Kenosha. Lawmakers also voted to cut funding for bike and pedestrian paths.

U. of Wis. students reject bus route referendum

About 300 of the campus' 11,000 students voted no on a proposal to add a bus route linking the university with Janesville, which has a significant college student and elderly population.

FRA awards $46.5M for Wisconsin high-speed rail

Wisconsin DOT will complete preliminary engineering and final design work, conduct program management activities and complete environmental management plans for the Milwaukee-to-Madison high-speed rail corridor that will operate at speeds of up to 110 miles per hour.

Wisconsin becomes 25th state to ban texting while driving

The new law outlaws texting by all drivers. First-time violators face fines of $20 to $400, along with four points on their driving records. Second-time violators face fines of $200 to $800. Police officers can stop motorists suspected of this offense alone.

METRO Briefs

BART foresaw D.C. Metro circuit problem. Car rental fees may increase 800 percent. Japanese workers’ smiles scanned.

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