dogmeat wrote: Do you not know that train was never a popular project? Outside of Madison the support was pretty non-existent. The people of Wisconsin didn't want that train. Paying less than $10 million to end that debacle is actually a bargain considering how much that mess was going to cost the state.
Outside of Milwaukee, support for the Zoo interchange reconstruction project is pretty non-existent. It's not even on the radar of the majority of Wisconsinites that live outside that metropolitan area. Go ahead; ask someone from Crivitz if they've even heard of it.
THAT project is expected to cost $1.7 BILLION, over twice what it would have cost to run the rail line between Madison and Milwaukee. Oh wait... the rail construction money was coming from the federal government to the tune of $800 million. But hey, let's just refuse that, then get sued and pay out nearly 10 million of Wisconsin taxpayer dollars ... for nothing.
The Zoo interchange is important, you say, enabling thousands of passenger and cargo vehicles per day? Of course it is. Ridership on the new rail line was also expected to be high. Demand on the existing Hiawatha line from Milwaukee to Chicago continues to climb, and we have NO new trains to deal with it.
Still want to argue the right-wing talking points that rail would have been a "boondoggle" and huge waste of funds? Walker just signed a bill which hands over $250 MILLION in taxpayer money to build a new arena for the Bucks. If you count the interest over 20 years, it ultimately will cost taxpayers $400 MILLION.
How many Wisconsinites do you think supported that? How many Wisconsinites have ever BEEN to a Bucks game?