Darthcrank wrote:spanky wrote:Well it's hard to have multi-modal transit options with out multiple modes.Paco wrote:I'mn still trying to figure out what problem streetcars is going to solve?
The trick is, if you have to pay so much for one modal system that you can't continue to fund the others, you're right back where you began with one mode.
Sort of like all the money we spend funding roads, so that logical other modes, in use around the world, are always fighting for the crumbs?
And no, gas taxed do NOT fund all the roads. Local roads - the ones you drive on the majority of the time - are almost entirely funded through local property taxes. According to a 1992 WisDOT study, all roads, including the major highways, still require 40% of their funding come from local sources. Again, mostly property taxes.
Why are we considering a referendum for a streetcar system when we don't have a referendum for all the multi-million dollar road projects? That would be very interesting - do YOU want to fund the $160 million Verona Rd/West Beltline project? Yup, city funds may be required. How about the new Mineral Point Rd/Junction Rd intersection, estimated at about $16 million? That even more likely to be local funds.