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Public meeting on bus rapid transit set for May 18

A public meeting for the East-West bus rapid transit feasibility study is scheduled for May 18.

The meeting will be an open-house format with exhibits and maps displaying the latest study information, including alternatives under consideration, conceptual costs, benefits and potential impacts.

The meeting is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. May 18 at Marquette University's Alumni Memorial Union in the third floor ballroom, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee.

Money was provided in Milwaukee County's 2016 budget to study the possibility of a bus rapid transit system, which may allow buses to drive in separate, dedicated lanes, make fewer stops than typical buses and make it possible for the buses to be competitive with vehicle drive times.

The vehicles are often specialized and feature unique branding and improved transit stations to enhance the experience for riders. The buses also may be equipped with road features such as traffic signal priority to help them maintain schedules.

The proposed new transit system could run along a seven-mile stretch in the east-west corridor, between the region's two largest job centers, downtown Milwaukee to the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center.

City announces plans

to mark Memorial Day

Wauwatosa's Civic Celebration Committee, with the city, has announced details for this year's Memorial Day Ceremony.

The ceremony is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. May 30 at Longfellow Middle School, 7600 W. North Ave.

The one-hour ceremony will feature Dennis Konkel, a longtime Wauwatosa resident, a captain with the Milwaukee County Sheriff's training division and, since 1987, a member of Wisconsin Army National Guard. He holds the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Army National Guard and is a veteran of two deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The Wauwatosa Community Band also will perform.

Run Tosa Run event slated for May 14 in East Towne

The annual Run Tosa Run 5K run/walk and half-mile kid's run through the streets of the East Towne neighborhood is scheduled for May 14.

The kids' run kicks off at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K run/walk starts at 9 a.m. The course starts at 69th Street and North Avenue and weaves through the neighborhood between 74th and 62nd streets, according to the neighborhood association's website, tosaeasttowne.org.

The event aims to bring residents together and promote the neighborhood while also raising money for charity. After the 2015 race, the Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Assocation donated $3,000 in proceeds to Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin.

For more information on the event, visit tosaeasttowne.org. Registration will continue at $30 until May 12. Race day registration is also accepted with credit cards at $35.

Wauwatosa School Board elects new president

Positions on the Wauwatosa school board switched up Monday night.

The board elected member Michael Meier to serve as president, effective immediately through May 2017. He replaces Mary Jo Randall, who had previously served as president for two terms, meeting the limit. Randall was elected to the vice president position Monday during a regular school board meeting.

Meier has previously served as president of the board.

Board members Sharon Muehlfeld and Kristy Casey were elected to treasurer and clerk, respectively. Superintendent Phil Ertl will serve as secretary of the board.

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