La Crosse region stakeholders continue their conversation on regional EMS, fires and transit | Government and Politics

Stakeholders in the La Crosse region are continuing the conversation about regionalizing certain services such as EMS, fire, and transit as different municipalities reassess the effectiveness of doing it themselves.

Members of the La Crosse area planning committee, which is a group of officials from various municipalities in the county, met Wednesday evening to discuss considerations, first looking at a regional transit system.

The group is commissioning a study on transit services in the region, which will culminate in a recommended 10-year transportation plan that will guide future planning.



The study, carried out by SRF Consulting, evaluates the City of La Crosse MTU, the Onalaska Shared Ride (OSR) and Scenic Mississippi Regional Transit (SMRT) systems, and is expected to be completed this fall after gathering public feedback and various other information.

“We’re not just looking for investments,” a member of SRF Consulting told LAPC on Wednesday, “we’re looking at the geographic areas covered by three transit systems in this service area.”

The group is currently focusing on a needs assessment and has already collected details on the various public transport services, such as annual and hourly ridership – nearly one million per year for MTU and 54,000 for OSR – stops from popular buses, basic routes and more.

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