Ald. Tony Zielinski’s bizarre anti-streetcar rant

Via Facebook comes this screenshot in which City of Milwaukee Alderman Tony Zielinski outlines his opposition to the development of a streetcar line in Milwaukee.

Image courtesy Facebook.com

Ald. Zielinski’s opposition to Milwaukee’s streetcar is curious, given the fact that it’s likely to spur economic development along its route (as similar projects have done […]

What could have been: Michigan, Illinois invest in high speed rail

If only Gov. Scott Walker weren’t so short-sighted… If you’re looking for high-speed rail with a Chicago connection, don’t look toward Wisconsin. Two high-speed train sets that originally were set to connect Chicago with Milwaukee and Madison, and eventually Minneapolis, look like they’re headed to Michigan instead.

The Michigan Senate has cleared the way to […]

Whither MKE County: Pat Jursik Calls Out The Suburbs on Housing Discrimination

This is a surprisingly harsh assessment of the suburbs blatant disregard for equal housing…on top of the fact that they oppose regional public transportation at every turn…but County Supervisor Pat Jursik simply lays it on the line:

Supervisor Patricia Jursik today issued the following statement regarding the SEWRPC Regional Housing Plan:

“Ferguson, MO is the […]

Whoops But Mary Burke Is Wrong On This One

I realize that running her gubernatorial campaign on a meme of jobs is a positive attention getter…but Mary Burke is flat out wrong on this one. Prioritize road work based on what would create the most jobs? With our deteriorating infrastructure it seems that the right approach is a priority on what needs fixing to […]

County Supervisor Wants Us Working On The Chain Gang

We all realize that this winter has been one of the hardest on our streets and highways. All of us have certainly hit potholes that rattled our filings when they couldn’t be avoided. But I am not sure that using inmates from the County House of Corrections to fill the potholes is the correct answer. […]

Toll roads in Wisconsin? No, no, and no!

This is a terrible idea. The state spends billions of dollars on road construction, and the gas tax is not drawing in as much revenue as cars become more efficient.

WISN 12 News caught up with one lawmaker who believes the toll road solution is gaining support.

“Long term, we have to look at toll […]

Hey Governor Walker, Wisconsin Isn’t A Best State For Business!

I am highly dubious of the various Forbes Best of lists…they seem contrived and simply audience building exercises…not real news topics. But in their latest Best States For Business…while our neighbors Minnesota, Iowa and Indiana are all in the top 25 states listed…Wisconsin is nowhere to be found. Just sayin’!

UPDATE: Where Are Our Train Sets: DOT Considers Hiawatha Service Expansion

From today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinal (aka JSOnline) concerning expansion of the Milwaukee to Chicago Hiawatha route:

Encouraged by ridership that has doubled over the past decade and standing-room-only conditions on some trains, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation has plans to add three express trains to the Hiawatha route, boosting the number of trips a day […]

Local Control and the Republican Wisconsin Legislature

Local Control used to be a sacred tenet…particularly in the Republican arena…and in a way it still is but the Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature have a funny way of expressing it.

Because a certain county executive got in a snit about being stymied in his efforts to make county government over in his own […]

Scott Walker’s irrational hatred of trains

Michael Horne of Urban Milwaukee has the whole story… Milwaukee’s ambitiously named “Milwaukee Intermodal Station” lands rail passengers inside a 1960′s shed that one would never confuse with the Gare du Nord.

The state is under federal orders to improve the station to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act provisions, and former Governor Jim […]

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