The Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin is a statewide alliance of 400-plus stakeholders committed to advancing the best in transportation. TDA members include businesses, labor unions, citizen groups, units of government, and individuals. All share one important goal: the development and maintenance of a safe, modern, interconnected transportation network that will support a robust economy and enhance the quality of life for everyone in Wisconsin.
TDA was one of the first transportation groups in the nation to bring together such a broad-based membership to advocate for all transportation types. Today, more than 15 states have multimodal membership organizations like TDA.
Leadership & Advocacy
TDA is a leading force for a more efficient transportation network in Wisconsin. Most recently, TDA led the highly successful “Just Fix It” campaign, which resulted in the most significant infusion of new, ongoing revenue into the transportation fund in decades. Spearheading broad-based coalitions is nothing new for TDA. In the November 2014 election, TDA and partners were instrumental in giving Wisconsin voters a voice on protecting the state transportation fund. TDA is one of the few organizations that could have built and maintained a broad-based coalition – one that remained unified for more than six years – to ultimately garner support from 80 percent of the electorate to amend the state’s constitution and protect the transportation fund.
TDA puts gubernatorial and legislative candidates on the record on transportation funding and works with Wisconsin business, industry leaders, and local officials as they call for better public transportation. TDA also promotes the importance of Wisconsin’s commercial ports and other modes of transportation and takes a stand for responsible transportation funding. Through these efforts and many others, TDA continues to inform the discussion of nearly every transportation issue in Wisconsin.
TDA provides vital information about Wisconsin transportation to members, journalists, and policymakers at every level of government. TDA routinely publishes newsletters, policy updates, and significant studies related to transportation and earns praise for taking complex information and making it understandable and relevant for a broad audience. TDA also holds public forums, participates in key grassroots alliances, and responds to media inquiries with credible, thoughtful, and useful content. TDA meets regularly with civic organizations and business groups throughout Wisconsin to talk about transportation issues.
Strength In Numbers
Because of TDA’s sizeable and diverse membership, policymakers view the association as a balanced voice for transportation.
Everybody understands that a transportation network must be integrated to support economic growth — no mode can stand alone. What makes TDA unique is that our membership represents every element of the state’s transportation system while fostering agreement on the best course for Wisconsin’s transportation policies.