FlexRide commuter program for Milwaukee residents is rising, however has room for extra passengers | WUWM 89.7 FM

FlexRide is a pilot program that gives grownup job holders low-cost rides in a automotive from the north or northwest facet of Milwaukee to Butler and Menomonee Falls, and again dwelling. It is meant to assist individuals who do not have a automobile or produce other transportation boundaries that make it arduous to carry a job in these suburbs.

About 400 individuals have utilized and been authorised for this system, in keeping with Eric Lynde of the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Fee.

He mentioned FlexRide is rising and nonetheless has loads of room to develop. “Our aim has been about 150 members on this pilot research. Proper now, we’re getting about 80-100 rides per week. Nevertheless it has grown on a week-to-week foundation, slowly however steadily.”

A slide at Wednesday’s open home offers some particulars of the Flex Experience program.

Wednesday, FlexRide held an open home on the places of work of Make use of Milwaukee, close to twenty seventh and North.

There, northwest facet resident Dex Johnson signed up for the commuter program. Johnson does supply work in Milwaukee, however hopes to get employed for a greater paying manufacturing job in Menomonee Falls. He does not personal a automotive, and mentioned not having one means hurdles.

“You are not capable of get to the businesses that supply good pay and good jobs. You just about have to remain native, and there is not an excessive amount of right here domestically, simply miscellaneous work, looks as if. Temp providers. So, I believe getting transportation out to those surrounding communities — Menomonee Falls, Butler will give individuals one other alternative to advance within the workforce,” Johnson advised WUWM.


Gabriella Hanson and Carolynn Schmidt of Arandell Corp., which makes use of the Flex Experience program.

A Menomonee Falls agency, the catalog writer Arandell, mentioned a few its staff from Milwaukee already use FlexRide. Human Assets Supervisor Carolynn Schmidt mentioned the employees profit and so does the corporate.

“What’s in it for us is getting devoted staff. This tells us they wish to work. It additionally helps us for attendance as a result of these staff actually wish to work and so they’re doing their finest to get to work on daily basis,” she mentioned.

Schmidt mentioned having a dependable workforce permits the corporate to earn money.

A $1 million Nationwide Science Basis grant for on-demand micro-transit is paying for FlexRide. The cash runs out on the finish of the 12 months, however the numerous companions of this system, together with UW-Milwaukee, are in search of methods to fund this system subsequent 12 months.

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