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  • Northeast Wisconsin
  • August 2013
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Valley Transit — Think outside the car.

Public transportation in the Fox Cities began with hydro-electric powered streetcars in 1886 and has since evolved into the Valley Transit you know today.

With a fleet of 31 buses serving the Fox Cities, stretching from Kaukauna to Grand Chute, from Appleton down to Neenah and Menasha, Valley Transit plays a vital role in the economic health and well-being of the communities and people we serve. Valley Transit is owned and operated by the City of Appleton, with 12 other municipalities contracting with us for transit services. We also receive funding from three family care organizations and three nonprofits, making a total of 19 local funding partners, in addition to state and federal funding.

Besides our regular bus service, we also operate a number of additional services in the Fox Cities:

  • Valley Transit II, a paratransit service available for those unable to use the fixed-route bus service.
  • A free trolley service within the downtown area in the summer; in partnership with Appleton Downtown Inc.
  • A student pass program that allows all Appleton area middle school and high school students to ride anywhere, anytime, on weekdays and Saturdays by just showing their student ID; in partnership with and paid for by the Appleton Area School District.
  • The Connector, which works in conjunction with our regular bus system to provide safe, reliable and affordable access to public transportation for Fox Cities residents who work second or third shift schedules, or who need to travel throughout the community beyond our regular bus routes; in partnership with United Way Fox Cities since October 2007. (A very successful service, with 91 percent of Connector trips attributed to employment travel.)

Not sure which bus to take? Visit our website at and check out our Google Transit online trip planning tool. Simply enter your starting point and destination, and Google gives you specific bus route information. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter. This month, we will be launching a new program that will allow you to send a text message from your bus stop to get the real-time arrival information of the next bus serving that stop. You’ll also be able to sign up for e-alerts. Visit our website for more information.

Last year, ridership was up 2 percent and was the highest since 1995. More than 41 percent of the 1.2 million trips taken with Valley Transit services were for employment. We are proud to play a role in the economic development of the Fox Cities.

Public transit is an integral part of a healthy, thriving community. Public transit helps to retain jobs, provide access to healthcare and education, and support a high quality of life. Transit is a public good that benefits riders and non-riders alike.

For more information or to plan your next bus trip, visit or call 920.832.5800.

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