Today, March 27, the Milwaukee County Transit System has gotten an early start on April Fool's, posting an article on its web site with the headline, "Milwaukee County Transit Announces New Round Trip Service to Japan."
The article, which at press time was available here, was also tweeted out via the MCTS Twitter feed.
The article reads:
The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) announced today new, non-stop daily service to Japan. The trips will begin running on Saturday, April 1st. Fares will mirror local bus fares, only $2.25 cash or $1.75 M•CARD.
"For far too long, Mitchell International Airport has cornered the market on flying, but that is all about to change," said Orville Wright, the head of the newly created MCTS Aeronautics Division. "Besides physics, nothing says we can’t fly a bus to the other side of the globe."
Each MCTS bus has seating for 40 people, meaning everyone will travel in first class.
If service to Japan meets expected demand, other flights will be added in the future to Australia, Brazil and the moon.
To learn more about this new service and to plan your trip visit RideMCTS.com/AprilFools
Way to get the creative juice flowing, MCTS! Maybe we here at OnMilwaukee should consider doing something for April 1, too.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.