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03.11.2014 | | Posted at 02:42 PM
By Lisa Kaiser
Yesterday, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele delivered an astonishing ultimatum to county board members: Get rid of supervisors’ authority to review request for proposals (RFP) appeals, or I’ll sue.  Abele is upset that a legally appointed review panel voted to spike his decision to award a half-billion-dollar contract to MV Transportation to run the Milwaukee County Transit System....
01.08.2014 | | Posted at 04:49 PM
By Lisa Kaiser
Looking through the documents presented by the losing bidders for the contract to operate MCTS, it’s easy to see why the Chris Abele administration fought so hard to keep its own documents private.  Abele’s aides, if you remember, stonewalled on providing the current operator, Milwaukee Transport Services (MTS), the documents it needs to appeal the contract that Abele wants to award to t...
10.24.2013 | | Posted at 11:09 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
I just got word that the Abele administration has decided to extend Milwaukee Transport Service’s contract to run the bus system for up to one year. The county was in talks with the Dallas-based, for-profit company MV Transportation to take over the operation of MCTS beginning in January 2014. The local, nonprofit MTS has operated MCTS for decades. The pending agreement with MV is tied up in ...
Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011

County executive hopefuls debate the bus system

Although the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) has been praised for its cost-effective operations, it’s facing a life-or-death struggle for survival. Ridership and routes have been slashed at the same time that fares have increased and state funding has remained flat. Instead of using federal dollars for replacement buses, as intended, MCTS has dipped into this reserve for...

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