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Old 04-15-2009, 04:39 PM
 
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I was talking to a friend of mine in Milwaukee and she said she saw something on the news.
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Old 04-16-2009, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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probably, but not because we want it
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Old 04-17-2009, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Lower East Side, Milwaukee, WI
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probably, but not because we want it
Speak for yourself. Personally, I would love to see light rail in Southeastern Wisconsin, and I know many other people who feel the same way. What could possibly be the downside of having an efficient, eco-friendly mass transit system?

Portland, Minneapolis, Denver, Buffalo, Cleveland, Little Rock, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, St. Louis, Salt Lake City, Memphis, Tampa, Charlotte, and Sacramento are all medium-sized major cities that have some form of light rail or street cars operating within them. Milwaukee's window of opportunity is closing. If we want our city to thrive and be prosperous in the 21st century, then we need to start tackling these problems now. Otherwise, I fear Milwaukee will become another decaying urban wasteland like Detroit.

To address the OP's original question, from what I have been reading, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has found a way to use the federal stimulus funds to construct a downtown street car line without having to seek approval from Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker. The federal stimulus funds will also be used to construct a commuter rail between Milwaukee and Kenosha, in an effort to connect Greater Milwaukee with Chicagoland.
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Old 04-17-2009, 03:57 PM
 
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It is so exciting to not only have light rail in the city in play, but high speed rail between Milwaukee and Madison, and now with Obama's vision, it may link to Mpls and Chicago and beyond.
HOORAY!
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Old 04-19-2009, 03:35 PM
 
Location: um....guess
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There's been talk about it, but I doubt it'll happen anytime soon, the mindset here is not progressive enough. It's too bad, mass transit is a plus for any city.
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Old 04-20-2009, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee, WI
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Default streetcar

@karfar Oh I actually believe the streetcar project is close to happening (2 years is my guess till groundbreaking), as the money is now in the Mayor's hands. i.e he no longer needs Walker.

For more information on the project check out this article: Milwaukee Streetcar Round-up
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Old 04-21-2009, 01:04 AM
 
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a street car to no where,,, a waste of money indeed..

see:
Will Chicago ever meet up with milwaukee??

KRM commuter line hits major snag - The Business Journal of Milwaukee:

Kenosha News | Many see KRM as key to region (http://www.kenoshanews.com/news/many_see_krm_as_key_to_region_4285001.html - broken link)

Page expired - MSN Money (http://news.moneycentral.msn.com/provider/providerarticle.aspx?feed=AP&date=20090212&id=9606 707 - broken link)

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Old 04-21-2009, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Lower East Side, Milwaukee, WI
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a street car to no where,,, a waste of money indeed..

see:
Will Chicago ever meet up with milwaukee??

KRM commuter line hits major snag - The Business Journal of Milwaukee:

Kenosha News | Many see KRM as key to region (http://www.kenoshanews.com/news/many_see_krm_as_key_to_region_4285001.html - broken link)

Page expired - MSN Money (http://news.moneycentral.msn.com/provider/providerarticle.aspx?feed=AP&date=20090212&id=9606 707 - broken link)
A waste of whose money? Milwaukee has been sitting on nearly $100 million of federal money for over a decade. The longer we wait to spend it, the less it will be able to purchase due to inflation.

Do we really want Milwaukee to lag behind the likes of Little Rock or Buffalo? Light rail has done wonders for Cleveland, and I think it could do the same for Milwaukee since both cities are so similar.
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Old 04-21-2009, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee, WI
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Further I'd contend that if the streetcar line is built as proposed it would connect some of the Milwaukee's high population density areas, East Town, with the Public Market, the Grand Ave, the Bradley Center, a few bar districts and so on. Might the route be altered to connect even more? Sure. But to think that connecting the 77,000 people who make up the daytime population (including workers), and the 18,000 residents to the areas markets, grocery stores, entertainment districts, the Bradley center, the Grand Ave, the Intermodal Station, and such is connecting to "nowhere" is well on its face wrong.

And to be clear @city414 the KRM line is a completely different project than the streetcar.
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Old 04-21-2009, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Mequon, WI
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Please can we have one of those light rail trains that cost the city more money than the good they actually do? Not even the L system or the Metra makes money in Chicago. An actual ride from Milwaukee to Chicago on the train unsubsidized is $55 dollars. Our Gov throw's in 35 dollars of taxpayer money per rider for the one way trip on Amtrak down to Chicago which without the governments help is still $21 dollars!
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