Business Profile
  • Northeast Wisconsin
  • September 2011

Valley Transit

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 (including two new 20-passenger hybrid 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 wellbeing 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 non-profits, making a total of 19 local funding partners in addition to state and federal funding.

In addition to 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, in the summer we partner with Appleton Downtown Inc. to provide a free trolley service within the downtown area. We also work with the Appleton Area School District by providing a student pass program — paid for by AASD. Through this program, all Appleton area middle school and high school students can ride anywhere, anytime, on weekdays and Saturday by just showing their student ID. Since October 2007, we've been partners with United Way Fox Cities to provide The Connector. The Connector is designed to work 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. The service has been very successful. Employment trips account for 91 percent of Connector trips.

Earlier this year, we launched FREE Wi-Fi on all Valley Transit fixed route buses and at our downtown Appleton Transit Center through a unique partnership with Open Range Communications. Valley Transit is the first transit system in Wisconsin to have Wi-Fi on all buses and to our knowledge, the first to be provided the technology free by a wireless communications company.

Finding information online is easier than ever before with our newly redesigned Web site which includes a Google Transit online trip planning tool that has made planning bus trips easy and fun. Simply enter your starting point and destination and Google will give you specific bus route information. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Last year, 41 percent of the more than 1 million trips taken with Valley transit services were for employment. This year, ridership is up nearly 14 percent. We are proud to play a role in the economic development in the Fox Cities.

For more information or to plan your next bus trip, check out our Web site or call us at (920) 832-5800.

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