On Tuesday morning,
Washington County Transportation Committee members agreed to
add a bus stop on the intersection of Highway Q in
German-town to accommodate increased use by employees at the
FedEx Corp.’s distribution center.
FedEx, which plans to
open a facility in late August in Menomonee Falls, is
anticipating between 25-50 workers per shift relying on the
bus for commuting, transportation committee members said.
Board Supervisor and
Committee First Vice-Chairman Brian Krebs said Milwaukee
County Transit System requested Washington County add the
bus stop in front of the facility.
The proposal called
for stops on both the north and south side of the highway.
Committee members were concerned about safety — there is no
crosswalk in the area for riders to cross from the north
side of the road to the southern end where the FedEx
decided one stop on the south end would suffice.
FedEx Ground spokesman
David Westrick said in an email the facility will be more
than 200,000 square feet when completed later this month.
The new facility will
join another station already operating in the Milwaukee
area, he said. Some employees will move to the new station
from the existing one.
“We will add to the
overall area workforce as necessary to support increased
demand for service,” he said.
A committee report
recommended a bus stop at Emerald Lane in Germantown be
removed, with the new one at the FedEx facility — which lies
1,000 feet west of the intersection of Emerald Lane and
Highway Q — taking its place.
The report stated the
stop averages one rider per day, with 10 buses passing by
the stop daily.
decided to keep the Emerald Lane stop because MCTS predicts
increased riders, Board Supervisor Ronald Naab said.
“The one rider a day
has religiously been there,” he said.
Krebs motioned to add
the bus stop, but to limit both that stop and the existing
one on Emerald Drive to the eastbound lanes on the south
side of Highway Q.
The bus stop was
passed on a one-year temporary basis, said Board Supervisor
and Committee Chairman Daniel Goetz.
MCTS and FedEx will
likely work out a deal for buses to pick up riders in the
facility’s parking lot, he said.
The bus route will not
cost Washington County anything, according to the committee
The bus route using
this stop is funded from a lawsuit stemming from the Zoo
Interchange Project. The route is meant to ease congestion
and provide transportation for workers commuting between
Milwaukee and suburban communities.
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