Federal relief funds are providing a temporary life raft to Wisconsin transit systems amid the plunging ridership of the COVID-19 pandemic, likely allowing most to maintain existing services for at least the next two years.

Yet the long-term picture for these crucial systems remains very murky. Factors clouding their future outlook include pre-pandemic ridership declines, stagnant revenues from state and other funding sources, increasing reliance on limited local revenues, and uncertainty about post-pandemic ridership levels.

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