June 23--The Bus User Safety at Southridge Coalition, or B.U.S.S., will hold a bus tour and public meeting Monday on the decision by Southridge Mall management to move the bus stop farther away from the mall, and a possible compromise will be discussed.
The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, 6060 W. Loomis Rd., Greendale. There will be a bus tour to Southridge and back, with a program at the church at 6:45 p.m.
The meeting will include a discussion by Milwaukee County Corporation Counsel Paul Bargren and other county and transit system officials on the bus stop issue and possible compromise proposals.
Southridge management moved the mall's bus stop from one of its main entrances to a stop 1,000 feet away in November. Mall officials cited safety concerns. The coalition has been working to make the mall more accessible to older residents and the disabled.
"The B.U.S.S. coalition has worked many hours addressing concerns at Southridge, and before any formal proposal comes before the Milwaukee County's Transportation and Public Works Committee, these members want to know what the proposal entails with a chance to ask questions and weigh in on the recommendations," said Supervisor Pat Jursik, who called the public meeting.
Mary Mokwa, general manager of Southridge, said in a statement Monday:
"We have had ongoing and positive discussions with Milwaukee County officials about our joint effort to find a way to enhance bus service at Southridge.
"Milwaukee County has demonstrated that it shares our commitment to finding a mutually agreeable plan, and we will continue to work together as we consider alternatives and options that help us reach that goal."
Organizations involved in the coalition include Independence First, Disability Rights Wisconsin, the Hunger Talk Force, Milwaukee Transit Riders Union, the Milwaukee County Commission on Aging, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 998 and other groups involved with disabled and the elderly.
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