Source: High-Speed Rail Plan Scrapped
DOT Officials Haven't Confirmed Information
Updated: 1:53 pm CDT November 4, 2010
MADISON, Wis. -- The Madison-Milwaukee high-speed rail project has been scrapped, according to an unnamed source.
The source, who asked to remain anonymous, said that she and several staffers were told the "project is done" and all were let go on Thursday morning.
Meanwhile, Lobbyist Pat Goss, the executive director of the Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association, said the Wisconsin Department of Transportation has told a contractor to suspend work on the plan. He said officials sent an e-mail on Thursday to contractor Edward Kraemer & Sons telling the firm to suspend work on a stretch of tracks in Jefferson County.
Goss said the department didn't say why the work should be halted or if the project is being scrapped altogether.
The e-mail comes just two days after the election of Republican Scott Walker as governor. Walker has vowed to kill the $810 million project, which is to be built with federal stimulus funds.
Outgoing Gov. Jim Doyle has tried to lock the project in place before leaving office.
Officials with the state Department of Transportation have yet to confirm the details.