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Type of Jurisdictions Involved

  • City
  • Town
  • Village

Specific Jurisdictions Involved

  • City of Appleton,
  • City of Kaukauna,
  • City of Menasha,
  • City of Neenah,
  • Town of Buchanan,
  • Town of Grand Chute,
  • Town of Menasha,
  • Village of Kimberly,
  • Village of Little Chute







Type of Agreement

Contract for Services

Implementation and Incubation

  • In 1977, City of Appleton voters approved a referendum allowing the City to purchase the bus system from Fox River Bus Lines, which had been operating the bus system in the City of Appleton under heavy subsidization from the City of Appleton

Factors Involved

  • City of Appleton came to the conclusion that it could save money by purchasing the bus system and managing the service through the City of Appleton directly


  • Significant avoided (capital) costs, clear fiscal benefits - each municipality was not required to purchase its own buses and build a central facility for storage and administration
  • Delivery of transit services to entire Valley - smaller communities able to contract for service coverage


  • Service improvements
  • Future cooperative efforts being discussed
  • Delivery of transit services to smaller communities that cannot afford capital costs to start and operate transit
  • Contracting for service and having service operate out of a central location in the City of Appleton provides a single, cohesive route schedule and fare system that meets the needs of the area communities
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