Transportation systems within Wisconsin and throughout the country are fragmented and inefficient. The reason stems from the funding sources and their stipulations and restrictions. If we are not able to change the funding stipulations and restrictions, what can we do to improve the transportation system for the customers? We need to work with the existing transportation systems; we need to maximize our resources and strive for efficiency and effectiveness. We need to figure how to make the process seamless and coordinated from door to door. We need to focus on the customer’s needs.
In December of 2014, East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (ECWRPC) and Waupaca County received a Section 5304 Planning grant through the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to study the transportation needs and barriers within Waupaca, Waushara, Shawano, Green Lake, Marquette, Adams and Juneau Counties through a transportation needs assessment. The focus of the study is on transportation needs, but also takes a look at mobility management “best practices”, which is determined by interviewing standout transportation systems throughout the state.