I admit that I don't ride the bus anymore. But for years I rode it numerous times a day, so I can relate -- at least a bit -- to the bus-riding community.
But, frankly, it's been so long since I've bought a weekly bus pass to get to and from UWM from my Walker's Point home or rode the Freeway Flyer Downtown from my later South Milwaukee home, that I can't really tell you what any of that costs.
It's moot anyway, since the rates change again on Sunday, Jan. 4.
Although the adult cash fare per ride is still $2 ($1 for seniors, children and the disabled), rates on passes, ticket strips and Freeway Flyer fares all go up (ticket strips for seniors, kids and the disabled do not rise).
Weekly passes and strips of 10 tickets go up .50 and are now $16.50. A Flyer ride rises a quater to $3 and a strip of 10 Flyer tickets goes to to $22.50.
The newprice tickets went on sale on New Year's Eve. If you have old tickets you can use them but you can't exchange them.
MCTS also recently announced that a $60 monthly pass will be unveiled in February.
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.