“Stand with Walker” troglodytes worked themselves into a fevered frenzy opposing high speed rail plans linking Chicago to Milwaukee to Madison and then Minneapolis.
Yesterday: Governor-elect Walker told Governor Jim Doyle to stop all work done so far setting up the $810 million high speed rail project:
(The state would lose) $82 million for upgrades to the current Milwaukee-to-Chicago train service that would have been covered as part of the rail funding.
Today, no money saved: The Journal Sentinel story below didn't even mention the high speed rail fiasco, or the projected development along the route:
The project, which depends on securing federal funding in addition to state and private matching funds, would cost approximately $150 million to $200 million.
After nearly four years of studying and talking about increasing passenger rail service between Chicago and Milwaukee … public hearings … where citizens can weigh in on the proposal to boost the number of daily round trips on Amtrak's Hiawatha line from seven to 10, new railroad infrastructure, such as main tracks, side tracks and train signals, needed to support the additional trips.
Ridership nearly doubled … has the largest number of riders of any Amtrak service outside the East and West coasts, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transporation project website. It is also expected to reduce highway congestion between the two cities.
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