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House Republicans cut Amtrak funding the day after fatal Amtrak crash

Well isn’t this something?!?!? House Republicans voted Wednesday to chop about a fifth of Amtrak’s budget, less than a day after a deadly train crash that Democrats pointed to as a prime example of the dangers of shortchanging the nation’s transportation needs.

They also rebuffed Democrats’ attempts to provide money for an advanced speed-control technology […]

Report: Wisconsin’s roads third-worst in nation

Welcome to Scott Walker’s Wisconsin, where the state’s roads are literally crumbling beneath our tires. Wisconsin’s roads are the third-worst in the nation and the potholes and other problems that plague them cost drivers in some cities almost twice the national average in repairs and associated costs, according to a new study of the state’s […]

Thinking of Our Children’s Future Is Borrowing To Build Roads

The party who keeps saying that we need to think of our children’s future while cutting education, cutting safety net programs, cutting funds to the UW system, etc…it once again considering our children’s future by borrowing to fund the transportation fund:

Gov. Scott Walker plans to rely on borrowing rather than a gasoline tax increase […]

Some Thoughts On The Double Deck Freeway

As many of you living in and around Milwaukee know, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is suggesting that the stretch of I-94 from 19th Street to 70th Street be rebuilt and expanded to four lanes. Because of space restrictions at the Miller Park interchanges and the veteran’s cemetery just west of there, DOT would like […]

Milwaukee Street Car Fight Heads To The Southside:

Just before last Wednesday’s Common Council vote on the fate of the starter loop for the Milwaukee street car, we experienced dueling press conferences in the city hall rotunda on Tuesday January 20th. And it got very interesting to see who was involved.

First up were Alderman Terry Witkowski (13th Aldermanic District) and Alderman Jose […]

Urban Milwaukee: Koch-Funded Group Backs Anti-Streetcar Drive

This should surprise absolutely no one… For weeks, organizers of the petition drive calling for a referendum on the streetcar have emphasized the grass-roots nature of the effort. After all, as Chris Kliesmet of the CRG Network, which is organizing the petition drive, put it: “the sentiment in the city is wildly against” the streetcar.

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Saul Newton: How Milwaukee public transit opponents benefit from manipulating their constituents

This is an absolutely excellent piece by Saul Newton about the ongoing debate over the proposed streetcar in Milwaukee.

Aldermen Bob Donovan and Joe Davis are intentionally misleading the public about the Milwaukee Streetcar and allying with extreme right wing groups for their own political gain.

The proposal to build a streetcar in Milwaukee is a […]

The Two Things Wrong With Milwaukee’s Street Car

This has been bouncing around in the back of my brain for a month or so…and with the interest in Zach’s post about Milwaukee’s streetcar, it’s time to get it on electrons!

There are two fundamental things that I see are wrong with the Milwaukee street car project and neither of them have anything to […]

Why is Tony “No really…I’m a progressive!” Zielinski opposed to Milwaukee street car?

It’s no secret Milwaukee Alderman Tony Zielinski absolutely hates the idea of a streetcar in Milwaukee. After all, Ald. Zielinski voted with conservative Aldermen Jim Bohl, Joe Dudzik, and Bob Donovan to delay Common Council approval of the streetcar, and Ald. Zielinski recently compared the funding for the streetcar as a “shell game.” Zielinski compares […]

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 […]