Please make it so! State applies for Madison-Milwaukee rail connector money

Some years ago, I wrote to the Journal Sentinel telling them that I knew five people who commuted back and forth between Madison and Milwaukee on a daily basis, and more that did it a few times a week. While I can’t find that letter online, the point still stands. Five people were driving at least 180 miles each day, using 35 to 40 gallons of gasoline each day, and wearing out their cars that much faster, all of which is to speak nothing of the sheer amount of time consumed by driving each day.

As someone who still has regular business in Madison and Johnson Creek, I would be grateful if there were a faster, easier way to go about getting over there.

The good news is that Gov. Doyle and his administration “are seeking federal stimulus money to pay the full $519 million cost of a proposed 110-mph Milwaukee-to-Madison passenger train line, not just part of it…” [JSOnline]

A dream would come true were this to unfold!


Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.

3 thoughts on “Please make it so! State applies for Madison-Milwaukee rail connector money”

  1. The only issue I have with this project is the train goes to the Dane County Airport so then they’d have to have a shuttle. Which I imagine they will but it would be better if it went downtown to downtown. That said with stops west of Milwaukee it actually could serve a bit as commuter rail as well, and I’d take it to Madison.

    1. Agreed; but it’s awful handy for making rendezvous between Madison and Milwaukee. (Although the Ixonia exit off I-94 is technically more equidistant.)

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