Coalition For More Responsible Transportation

Media covers our fight to stop Expansion of I-94.


WisDOT payments defray road costs

What are the implications of this report? Do the sums reported indicate that local roads are a priority?


The Milton Courier


http://www.hngnews.com/milton_courier/news/local/article_72462828-c518-11e5-822e-1fecdad55ce4.html, Jan 27, 2016


With I-94 Decision Pending, State & Local Leaders Oppose Wasteful Expansion, Call for Smarter Local Investments

Coalition Points to Ongoing Transportation Funding Crisis, Public Opposition; Demands More Cost-Effective Alternatives


http://urbanmilwaukee.com/pressrelease/with-i-94-decision-pending-state-local-leaders-oppose-wasteful-expansion-call-for-smarter-local-investments/, Dec 9.


While we wait for the LRB Audit of WisDOT’s planning process…

Counties to show off worst roads in grassroots campaign for funding


About the Tribune’s video: Cracks riddle Hwy. YY in rural La Crosse County. The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates 70 percent of the state’s roads are in mediocre to poor condition. Only Illinois and Connecticut rank lower.


“Frustrated by the Wisconsin legislature’s unwillingness to provide adequate transportation funding, local governments are preparing to take their case to the public by highlighting some of their worst crumbling roads and bridges.” Just Fix It

LaCrosse Tribune: http://broadcaster.townnews-mail.com/dm?id=5020F2DFFA72CF608AF347ED54D794D27AC435C98509732E, Sep 22, 2015


Wisconsin Lagging. How does AIR fit into the picture?

Tom Rave: http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/region-needs-unified-approach-to-transportation-b99542878z1-318503851.html, July 25

“Over the last several decades, the economic vitality and growth of Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin have fared poorly compared to other metropolitan regions in the country, with rankings in comparative studies generally placing our region in the lower third of performance………….”


Federal Court sets back WisDOT plans to expand highways. Audit is coming.

From the ENews of Park Forest, Illinois


See http://enewspf.com/latest-news/latest-national/latest-national-news/62726-wisconsin-legislature-rebuffs-gov-walker-by-refusing-highway-mega-expansion-and-requiring-audit-of-inaccurate-forecasts-and-wasteful-projects.html, July 9

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Joint Finance Committee audit takes I-94 out of JFC budget

Transportation Budget Brings Much-Needed Scrutiny to Questionable Highway Projects, July 2

JFC orders audit of traffic projections: http://wispirg.org/news/wip/transportation-budget-brings-much-needed-scrutiny-questionable-highway-projects


Peggy Schulz, member of CMRT writes

Wisconsin needs a responsible transportation plan

Peggy Schulz: http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/wisconsin-needs-a-responsible-transportation-plan-b99524275z1-309153921.html, June 22


From a conservative voice, an opening to our mission

The Cost of Transportation

(also check out the comments, quite civil, and an opening into the minds of potential allies)

http://www.bootsandsabers.com/2015/06/22/the-cost-of-transportation, June 22


Happiest Press Conference Yet, as majority party struggles with budget

Coalition Calls on State To Scrap I-94 Expansion

As local roads are increasingly underfunded and plagued with potholes, state overspends on unneeded highways and freeway expansion, a coalition of groups argue.

WPR: http://www.wpr.org/coalition-calls-work-milwaukee-freeway-be-kept-out-budget

Fox 6: http://fox6now.com/2015/06/15/coalition-calls-for-responsible-transportation-budget-as-joint-finance-committee-works-to-finalize-it/

Telemundo (a great story!): http://www.cbs58.com/story/29326692/lderes-comunitarios-dicen-no-a-la-expansin-de-la-carretera-i-94

Urban Milwaukee reports: http://urbanmilwaukee.com/2015/06/16/coalition-calls-on-state-to-scrap-i-94-expansion/, June 16


Lawmakers consider wasting less money building roads

New highways and expanded highways getting scrutiny from conservatives


Wausau Daily Herald: http://www.wausaudailyherald.com/story/opinion/columnists/2015/06/10/28758061/, June 10


Decision time in the Joint Finance Committee

Plain Talk: Cut highway expansions to solve transportation budget stalemate

Dave Zweifel: http://host.madison.com/news/opinion/column/dave_zweifel/plain-talk-cut-highway-expansions-to-solve-transportation-budget-stalemate/article_629e66f6-7fc7-54e2-be46-83d5be740163.html#ixzz3cFaKKXOn, June 5


Big Win for Responsible Transportation

Highway 23 widening between Fond Du Lac and Sheboygan halted by federal court.

http://streetsblog.net/2015/05/26/federal-court-wisconsin-uses-bogus-traffic-data-to-justify-highways/, May 26

Fond du Lac Reporter: http://www.fdlreporter.com/story/news/local/2015/05/23/federal-court-halts-highway-expansion-project/27853659/, May 23

James Rowen report: http://thepoliticalenvironment.blogspot.com/2015/05/federal-for-dubious-wi-highway-23.html, May 23

Backdrop, 1000 Friends of Wisconsin: http://www.1kfriends.org/wisconsin-dot-to-reconsider-highway-23-widening/


A sales tax for potholes?

GOP would increase sales taxes to fix potholes after borrowing $1.3 billion for Walker’s mega highway projects

Wisconsin Gazette: http://www.wisconsingazette.com/wisconsin/gop-would-increase-sales-taxes-to-fix-potholes-after-borrowing-13-billion-for-walkers-mega-highway-projects.html, May 12


Report/Essay in MJS

To cut road borrowing, lawmakers may have to cut projects

Patrick Marley and Mary Spicuzza of the Journal Sentinel: http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/to-cut-road-borrowing-lawmakers-may-have-to-cut-projects-b99496544z1-303082521.html, May 8


Freeway Jobs? Even Local Jobs? Where are they?

Bad Planning and Bad Transit Put Jobs Out of Reach for Milwaukeeans

Streetsblog: http://streetsblog.net/2015/04/16/bad-planning-and-bad-transit-put-jobs-out-of-reach-for-milwaukeeans/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+streetsblog%2Fehob+%28Streetsblog+USA%29, April 16


Milwaukee Press Club I94 panel

WisDOT secretary Gottlieb encourages discussion on dedicated funding for local transit

Sean Ryan: http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/blog/2015/04/wisdot-secretary-gottlieb-encourages-discussion-on.html?page=all, April 13


Statewide - for your reading pleasure

Report: State’s local roads crumbling

The Country Today: http://www.thecountrytoday.com/front_page/article_b4e4d8cc-d6ef-11e4-a35c-833e105c9b9f.html, March 30

Rural voters must be OK with crumbling roads, decaying school

Column in Cap Time: http://host.madison.com/news/opinion/column/bill_berry/bill-berry-rural-voters-must-be-ok-with-crumbling-roads/article_8e8bfd12-b474-5b9b-8baf-8136d57e2d40.html, April 5

Citizens groups push state lawmakers to give Northwoods larger share of transportation money

Rhinelander Channel 12 TV: http://www.wjfw.com/email_story.html?SKU=20150329173240, March 29


Related reports

Suburbs such as Montgomery County rethink transit to court millennials

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/yearning-for-car-averse-millennials-suburbs-turn-to-transit/2015/03/29/cb916cd8-d259-11e4-8fce-3941fc548f1c_story.html, March 29

Former Waukesha Freeman editor says Walker betrays conservatives

Pete Kennedy: http://tech.euoa.net/13786-former-waukesha-freeman-editor-says-walker-betrays-conservatives.html, March 25

Wisconsin Republicans abandoning Scott Walker

Wisconsin Citizens Media Cooperative: http://wcmcoop.com/2015/03/29/wisconsin-republicans-abandoning-scott-walker/, March 29

Transportation advocates offer differing perspectives on urban transit issues

Matthew Wisla: http://milwaukeenns.org/2015/03/30/transportation-advocates-offer-differing-perspectives-on-urban-transit-issues/, March 30


Out-State and State Media recently

State should budget more for local roads

Editorial, Kenosha News: http://www.kenoshanews.com/opinion/our_view_state_should_budget_more_for_local_roads_481910199.html, March 24

Funding impacts Ashland, Bayfield county roads

Ashland Daily Press: http://www.apg-wi.com/ashland_daily_press/funding-impacts-ashland-bayfield-county-roads/article_0bb7b716-d351-11e4-bfed-eb9a72025f0f.html, March 25

State Roads in Crisis Says Advocacy Group

Ashland Daily Press: http://www.apg-wi.com/ashland_daily_press/news/local/state-roads-in-crisis-says-advocacy-group/article_b9bf9bab-5af6-52f8-8c1f-abc4965b39be.html, March 25

Northwest has worst roads in state

The Chronotype, Rice Lake: http://www.apg-wi.com/rice_lake_chronotype/news/report-northwest-has-worst-roads-in-state/article_3262d872-d334-11e4-868d-47d1d396ccea.html, March 25

Groups Oppose GOP Budget

WHBY, Fox Cities: http://www.whby.com/index.php/News/WHBY_News/500346, March 25

Northwest Roads Worst in State

Superior Telegram: http://www.superiortelegram.com/news/wisconsin/3708380-report-northwest-roads-worst-state, March 26

Local officials weigh in on transportation issues

Superior Telegram: http://www.superiortelegram.com/news/government/3708766-local-officials-weigh-transportation-issues, March 27

Northwest Roads Worst in State

WPR: http://www.wpr.org/report-northwest-roads-worst-state, March 27

State Local Roads Crumbling

The Country Today (rural): http://www.thecountrytoday.com/front_page/article_b4e4d8cc-d6ef-11e4-a35c-833e105c9b9f.html, March 30

Helpful Streetsblog on I94 traffic counts

And the always-great StreetsBlog:
http://streetsblog.net/2015/03/24/how-wisconsin-dot-distorts-the-numbers-to-sell-highway-projects/, March 30


1000K Friends of Wisconsin, our allies, get press

Front page of the Ashland paper: http://www.ashlandwi.com/news/local/state-roads-in-crisis-says-advocacy-group/article_310ace46-d292-11e4-8700-77aa2bbb2383.html


Sierra Club

Press Release here: https://www.sierraclub.org/sites/www.sierraclub.org/files/sce-authors/u560/3.24.2015%20Local%20Roads%20Release.pdf

op-ed from Kenosha: http://www.kenoshanews.com/opinion/our_view_state_should_budget_more_for_local_roads_481910199.html

Rep Steineke (majority leader) op-ed: http://www.superiortelegram.com/opinion/commentary/3706096-transportation-needs-long-term-solution


Sierra Club Press Release

“New Study Finds Local Roads Crisis in Wisconsin: As State Budget Hearings Wrap Up, Groups Call on Legislators to Prioritize Fix to Local Transportation Crisis”

Local Roads:
https://www.sierraclub.org/sites/www.sierraclub.org/files/sce-authors/u560/3.24.2015%20Local%20Roads%20Release.pdf

StatePress Release here:
https://www.sierraclub.org/sites/www.sierraclub.org/files/sce-authors/u560/3.24.2015%20Local%20Roads%20Release.pdf


Update:DOT secretary defends road bonding in governor’s budget

LaCrosse Tribune: http://lacrossetribune.com/news/local/state-and-regional/update-dot-secretary-defends-road-bonding-in-governor-s-budget/article_2296f4ec-270d-5002-af4d-e2f215c6f052.html, March 4


Improving Bus System - Editorial

‘Improving bus service can help roads, economy and commuters’, MJS

Editorial: http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/improving-bus-service-can-help-roads-economy-and-commuters-b99457173z1-295422041.html, March 7


How DOTs brush off Discriminatory Impact of Highway Projects

Read: http://streetsblog.net/2015/03/05/how-state-dots-brush-off-the-discriminatory-impact-of-highway-projects/


Public Comments on DEIS - Report from BizJournal

“If sheer numbers of written comments are any indication, the most prevalent sentiment is that the state should not expand the freeway at all in that area.”

http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/blog/2015/02/public-comments-show-sharp-divide-on-i-94-widening.html?ana=e_du_pub&s=article_du&ed=2015-02-23&u=u2OErZ+WdISbl5oZAB/JTein64e&t=1424730565, Feb 23


At the WisDOT announcement. Public excluded.

State rejects double-deck lanes for I-94 east-west freeway; the public is refused entry to the room where Secretary Matthew Gottlieb made the announcement to spend about a billion dollars on widening I-94 in Milwaukee.

Streetsblog USA: http://usa.streetsblog.org/2015/02/19/wisconsin-dumps-one-urban-highway-boondoggle-in-favor-of-another/

Wisconsin Public Radio: http://www.wpr.org/state-rejects-plan-double-deck-section-milwaukee-freeway

WPR on 1000 Friends’ safety analysis: http://www.wpr.org/planning-group-pushes-alternative-i-94-expansion

WUWM: http://wuwm.com/post/dot-unveils-i-94stadium-interchange-reconstruction-plan

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: http://www.jsonline.com/news/traffic/i-94-expansion-plan-to-be-revealed-by-wisconsin-transportation-officials-b99446305z1-292188271.html

WTMJ: http://www.jrn.com/tmj4/news/DOT-reveals-I-94-plan-says-no-to-double-decker-option-292282611.html

CBS 58: http://www.cbs58.com/story/28132578/wisconsin-dot-announces-new-plan-for-i-94-east-west-corridor

WISN story questioning safety: http://www.wisn.com/news/dot-officials-kill-doubledecker-option-for-i94/31318692

Fox News Milwaukee: http://fox6now.com/2015/02/17/i-94-east-west-preferred-alternative/

Above, Fox News references a December report on the Coalition - Feb. 20:

(the “$2 billion” seems to be an error here)

Op-Ed by Marc Stout

Mark Stout, PhD, is an independent transportation consultant and is principal of Mark L. Stout Consulting. Stout previously served more than 25 years with the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Read: http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/wisconsin-dot-fails-to-make-the-case-for-i-94-expansion-b99409524z1-286029401.html, Dec 16


LTEs, MJS, Cap Times

Peter Skopec: Just say no to I-94 expansion
Read: http://host.madison.com/news/opinion/mailbag/article_8b02efcb-cdca-519d-9fc3-1e6632187256.html

Intrepid community leader Juan Carlos, Think of other options for I-94 Also, Curtiss S. Peck, supportive and pushing for DOT to recognize the “paradigm shift.”
Read: http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/letters-b99407284z1-285682371.html, Dec 13


Resource, traffic counting, the measure of quality urban life

…is not lack of congestion - which is only a measure of traffic.

Talking Headways: Level of Disservice

Tanya Snyder: http://usa.streetsblog.org/2014/12/12/talking-headways-level-of-disservice/

Angie Schmitt, Whoops! How Planners and Engineers Badly Overestimate Car Traffic
StreetsBlog: http://streetsblog.net/2014/12/12/whoops-how-planners-and-engineers-badly-overestimate-car-traffic/, Dec 12


CapTimes

Plain Talk: There’s a better way than double-decking I-94
David Zweifel: http://host.madison.com/news/opinion/column/dave_zweifel/plain-talk-there-s-a-better-way-than-double-decking/article_95d03301-200c-59d2-8689-b37a4d1a8f53.html, Dec 12

Zweifel’s At Grade includes widening, which CMRT is opposed to.


The Political Environment joins up

James Rowen, a writer and consultant, has worked for newspapers, and as the senior Mayoral staffer, in Madison and Milwaukee, WI. Currently writes for MJS “Purple Wisconsin”
http://thepoliticalenvironment.blogspot.com/2014/12/road-builders-donor-influence-win-in.html, Dec 11


LTE, Eau Claire Leader Telegram

Bill Sell: http://www.leadertelegram.com/opinions/letters_to_editor/article_d0fda084-7ff1-11e4-a506-ff488103458b.html, Dec 10


UWM Resources

Marc Levine, Joel Rast - Center for Economic Development
http://www4.uwm.edu/ced/category.cfm#tran


WTMJ interviews Bruce Speight

http://www.jrn.com/wtmj/shows/wisconsins-morning-news/Does-Milwaukee-need-another-public-transportation-option-284810891.html, Dec 5


Opinion

Robert J. Schneider, PhD, is an assistant professor in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Department of Urban Planning, specializing in transportation planning.

http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/there-are-transit-options-beside-adding-lanes-to-i-94-b99402200z1-284686471.html, Dec 3

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial

“Wisconsin DOT should reject double-deck option for I-94″
http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/wisconsin-dot-should-reject-double-deck-option-for-i-94-b99402885z1-284821521.html, Dec 4

Paul Trotter’s LTE

Say no to I-94 expansion (third letter in the bunch)
http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/your-views-b99403035z1-284941431.html?ipad=y, Dec 6


Waukesha Freeman report

Madison consumer group offers alternative for I-94 corridor construction plan
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/76693490/Waukesha%20Freeman%2012-04-14.pdf

WUWM report

Public Can Weigh In on Future of I-94 East-West Corridor
http://wuwm.com/post/public-can-weigh-future-i-94-east-west-corridor

LA Times on bigger freeways, more headaches:

Food for your LTEs: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-405-freeway-traffic-closures-20141202-story.html

Streetsblog gives us a hand

Streetsblog.com is a national blog
http://usa.streetsblog.org/2014/12/03/a-better-way-to-spend-1-billion-than-ramming-more-roads-thru-milwaukee/, Dec 3


WPR’s Chuck Quirmbach …

who interviewed Jeanne Hewitt and Steve Hiniker after other media left the scene
“Plan To Reconstruct Section Of Interstate In Milwaukee Is Met With Some Resistance | Wisconsin Public Radio”
http://www.wpr.org/listen/684411, Dec 4

BizJournal

http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/news/2014/12/03/rift-over-double-deck-freewayemerges-as-dot.html?s=print,

Dec 3 public hearing at Tommy Thompson Center

http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/barrett-west-allis-officials-disagree-on-freeway-double-deck-b99402075z1-284674151.html

http://www.cbs58.com/story/27543446/critics-blast-states-options-for-i-94-corridor

http://www.wisn.com/news/states-plans-for-i94-between-1670th-streets-have-plenty-of-critics/30047162

http://fox6now.com/2014/12/03/public-urged-to-provide-feedback-on-proposed-improvements-in-i-94-east-west-corridor/

http://www.jrn.com/tmj4/news/Milwaukee-mayor-against-I-94-expansion-public-meeting-to-be-held-tonight-284733331.html


LaCrosse Tribune, editorial

Compromise only path to better roads
http://lacrossetribune.com/news/opinion/our-view-compromise-only-path-to-better-roads/article_d5e65477-6b9c-5d45-b6bb-e550ec549a13.html, Nov 30

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, editorial

Transportation plan needs proper balance
http://m.jsonline.com/news/make-sure-wisconsin-transportation-plan-has-proper-balance-b99401366z1-284543051.html, Dec 2

I-94 east-west expansion opponents offer options
http://m.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/i-94-west-expansion-opponents-offer-cheaper-alternative-b99401256z1-284497711.html, Dec 3

Mayor Barrett speaks at WisDOT Public Hearing

http://www.jrn.com/tmj4/news/Milwaukee-mayor-against-I-94-expansion-public-meeting-to-be-held-tonight-284733331.html, Dec 4

The Rehab-Transit Option: A Better Solution for Milwaukee’s East-West Corridor
http://wispirg.org/reports/wip/rehab-transit-option


Community Columnist Strikes Back

Transportation rebels fight DOT road-building empire

Peggy Schulz has the Force with her on this excellent column, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Peggy: http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/purple-wisconsin/284291301.html, MJS, Dec 1


Media Comment on the Draft Environmental Statement on I-94

WIRPIRG, appearing in UrbanMilwaukee.com: http://urbanmilwaukee.com/pressrelease/i-94-corridor-draft-eis-options-disregard-data-community-and-taxpayer-concerns/


Bruce Speight challenges Mark Gottlieb

Cardin interviews the polar opposites on highways

Listen: http://www.wpr.org/shows/big-question-hybrid-and-electric-vehicles-fee


DOT budget, news, editorials

DOT plan would study toll roads, fees based on miles driven

MJS, Nov 18: http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/dot-plan-would-study-toll-roads-fees-based-on-miles-driven-b99392373z1-283080561.html

Sierra Club opposes Wisconsin transportation budget request

Wisconsin Gazette, Nov 18: http://www.wisconsingazette.com/wisconsin-gaze/sierra-club-challenges-wisconsin-transportation-budget-request.html

Transportation proposal for Wisconsin needs thorough vetting

MJS Editorial, Nov 17: http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/transportation-proposal-for-wisconsin-needs-thorough-vetting-b99391937z1-282991771.html


LTE

Heather Hansen writes in support of CMRT goals.

http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/your-views-b99389841z1-282774251.html


Media. Channel 4, Milwaukee. Business Journal

Bruce interviewed, talking transportation options as a way to reduce ‘brain drain’ in Wisconsin. He also said (on point, I would add) “A double decker highway isn’t going to bring young talent to Milwaukee, more bike and transit options will!”

Brain drain: Many grads earn degrees and leave Wisconsin, TMJ4. Nov 11, Voices of the young: http://www.jrn.com/tmj4/news/special-assignments/Keeping-College-Grads-282266701.html

Stadium Interchange, I-94 rebuild to cost $825 million to $1.2 billion, Milwaukee Business Journal, Nov 14:

Read: http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/news/2014/11/14/stadium-interchange-i-94-rebuild-to-cost-825.html?ana=e_mil_bn_newsalert&u=u2OErZ+WdISbl5oZAB/JTein64e&t=1416173341


Mayor Soglin [Madison] Seeks Multi-Modal Transportation Options for I39/90

Soglin: http://wispolitics.com/1006/141111_Soglin_letter.pdf, Nov 10


CMRT Media

WXOW: http://www.wxow.com/story/26851458/2014/10/21/wispirg-asks-state-to-stop-wasteful-highway-expansions

Urban Milwaukee: http://urbanmilwaukee.com/pressrelease/concerned-residents-of-cities-towns-travel-to-capitol-to-tell-gov-walker-stop-wasteful-highway-expansions-no-new-transportation-taxes-fix-local-roads-first/

Daily Reporter: coverage of CMRT State Capitol press event,
Oct 22: GOP Press Event, pdf

Eau Claire Leader Telegram Editorial, Mon, Oct 20, 2014: http://www.leadertelegram.com/opinions/editorials/article_bc25b156-557b-11e4-9ff9-fb308a5088b8.html


More LTEs, Journal Sentinel

Nick DeMarsh, I-94 expansion: Few pros, many cons, Oct 31: http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/your-views-b99381018z1-281138842.html

Dennis Sell, Bigger freeways not needed, Oct 22: http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/your-views-b99375359z1-280120692.html

Gretchen Schuldt, DOT Getting it Wrong, Oct 15: http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/your-views-b99371288z1-279367542.html

Hans Noeldner, Transportation Spending All Wrong, Oct 10: http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/your-views-b99368166z1-278855411.html


Transportation Fund, Revenue and Expenses

Implications for the proposed Constitutional Amendment

Presented by Ken Yunker of SEWRPC to Milwaukee County Board Committee on Transportation Public Works and Transit

Complete presentation at Amendment


Oct 21, Four Cities participate in CMRT press conference, Madison

News

Oct 21 to Madison. We were fired up and had a great event with a solid media turnout – 3 TV, 1 radio and Wisconsin Eye (state C-Span).

CMRT Press Release: http://www.billsell.net/Freeways/PROct21

WISN Milwaukee: http://www.wisn.com/news/residents-take-doubledeck-highway-fight-to-madison/29260280

WKOW ABC TV Madison: http://www.wkow.com/story/26851097/2014/10/21/wispirg-asks-state-to-stop-wasteful-highway-expansions

Wisconsin Eye: http://www.wiseye.org/Programming/VideoArchive/EventDetail.aspx?evhdid=9293


LTE

Hans Noeldner, Sierra Club Clean Transportation Committee: http://m.leadertelegram.com/opinions/letters_to_editor/article_50fb0f64-4fc4-11e4-8f07-f371443b20ca.html?mode=jqm


Craig Thompson of the Road Builders

For a Yes ;-( vote on the Transportation referendum.

Need: Respond to this piece. Suggestion: focus on our mission (waste) rather than on the Amendment itself.

An opportunity to deliver our message: http://www.wiscnews.com/juneaucountystartimes/news/opinion/column/article_5a0c52ef-6a4b-518a-970c-b6b91bc488a8.html

Madison Cap Times

Strong support for CMRT message

Plain Talk: Let’s fix roads instead of building more

Read: http://host.madison.com/ct/news/opinion/column/dave_zweifel/plain-talk-let-s-fix-roads-instead-of-building-more/article_445bd182-9490-5f84-a8cf-72e17c07cd2a.html


More Media from Oct. 14 Town Hall

WTMJ 4 Milwaukee: http://www.jrn.com/tmj4/news/politics/Governor-Walker-considers-changing-taxes-on-gas-279203331.html

Milwaukee Public Radio: http://wuwm.com/post/coalition-opposes-dot-proposal-expand-i-94-east-west-corridor


Wisconsin State Journal, Oct 18

Gov. Scott Walker floats replacing gas tax to fix transportation shortfall

WSJ: http://host.madison.com/article_828d9e30-0098-5158-a035-6053559cead1.html

Read more: http://host.madison.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/gov-scott-walker-floats-replacing-gas-tax-to-fix-transportation/article_828d9e30-0098-5158-a035-6053559cead1.html#ixzz3GY22U52i


Wausau Daily Herald, Oct. 18

“The Constitutional Amendment is OK, but real issues go much deeper. Transportation amendment is no long-term fix: Our View”

http://www.wausaudailyherald.com/story/opinion/2014/10/18/transportation-amendment-long-term-fix-view/17449961/

“ The state now devotes about 20 percent of the money raised by transportation fees and taxes to servicing debt incurred as a result of decisions made in the 2000s. The use of transportation fund revenue might have served the state’s short-term needs, but it put us in a worse fiscal position today.”

Is Wisconsin building roads for traffic that won’t ever be there? October 14, 2014

Robert Mentzer: http://www.wausaudailyherald.com/story/opinion/2014/10/14/mentzer-spending-way-much-building-roads/17288165/

“We’re spending way too much building roads”


Public Hearing, Gottlieb invited, ignores. People speak, Oct. 14

More recent media

Here is the WTMJ story with Charles Benson, which focused more on Walker’s gas tax/sales tax proposal, but we did get a comment in J:

http://www.jrn.com/tmj4/news/politics/Governor-Walker-considers-changing-taxes-on-gas-279203331.html

WTMJ 4 sounds as if WISDOT is saying that they are in the study phase and no decisions have been made … all this is a long way off. When we met with WISDOT last week, they told us that they had narrowed the options to 2….

WTMJ 4 Milwaukee: http://www.jrn.com/tmj4/news/Possible-I-94-expansion-coming-soon-279263322.html

CBS 58 Milwaukee: http://www.cbs58.com/news/local-news/Governor-floats-idea-of-shifting-gas-tax-279176101.html

cbs58: http://www.cbs58.com/news/local-news/Residents-are-vocal-about-double-decker-highway-project—279223992.html >>>>You may have to copy and paste this link. Or look for it on cbs.com/local-news/

cbs58 TEXT at: http://www.billsell.net/Freeways/Cbs58-oct14

fox: http://fox6now.com/2014/10/14/a-double-decker-expansion-for-a-stretch-of-i-94-one-group-says-absolutely-not/

wisn: http://www.wisn.com/news/some-against-double-decker-freeway-expansion-option/29134922


Op-Ed

Boomers, millennials agree: State needs more transportation options, by Jabril Faraj And Nino Amato. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Oct 4, 2014, and again, The Cap Times, Nov 8, 2014

http://host.madison.com/news/opinion/column/a-j-nino-amato-and-jabril-faraj-agreed-millennials-and/article_6100a93b-c2d1-5165-a19c-83f7eeff9941.html, Nov 8

http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/boomers-millennials-agree-state-needs-more-transportation-options-b99363345z1-278086281.html, Oct 4


Coverage

Janesville Gazette, Sunday, Oct 5, 2014: http://www.gazettextra.com/20141004/group_traffic_volume_doesnt_justify_interstate_9039_expansion


Highway Boondoggles (Sept 18)

Fox 6 News:
http://fox6now.com/2014/09/18/uglifying-the-neighborhood-waste-of-taxpayer-dollars-some-not-happy-with-i-94-expansion-pl

Fond du Lac Reporter:
http://www.fdlreporter.com/story/opinion/2014/09/25/highway-project-findsanother-enemy/16153653/

Streetsblog:
http://usa.streetsblog.org/2014/09/19/wisdot-falls-back-on-old-data-to-justify-double-decker-urban-highway/

WISN Channel 12:
http://www.wisn.com/news/i94-expansion-proposal-has-some-residents-concerned/28139570

WTMJ Milwaukee:
http://www.jrn.com/tmj4/news/Double-decker-I-94-proposal-divides-nearby-residents-275666701.html


WISPIRG Foundation Fork in the Road Report Coverage (Sept 9 – Madison and Milwaukee, Sept 11 – Green Bay, Sept 25 – Eau Claire)

CBS TV Milwaukee coverage of press conference: http://www.cbs58.com/news/local-news/Group-wants-emphasis-on-road-repair-not-highway-expansion-274525751.html

Fox news TV Milwaukee coverage of press conference: http://fox6now.com/2014/09/09/is-wisconsin-spending-too-much-on-unnecessary-highway-projects-one-group-says-yes/

Wisconsin State Journal and the Capital Times: http://host.madison.com/news/local/big-highway-expansion-projects-a-waste-of-money-public-interest/article_71996e1d-8117-553a-9014-cfa3ad3cb3bd.html

Wisconsin Radio Network: http://www.wrn.com/2014/09/wispirg-slams-wasteful-transportation-spending/

ABC-TV (WKOW Madison): http://www.wkow.com/story/26492207/2014/09/09/wispirg-offers-alternative-transportation-spending-plan

Streetsblog: http://usa.streetsblog.org/2014/09/10/wisconsins-highway-spending-mania-makes-less-sense-every-day/

The Daily Report: http://dailyreporter.com/2014/09/09/group-questions-states-road-plans/

Green Bay Press Gazette: http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/local/2014/09/11/wisconsin-stop-building-bigger-highways/15474261/

WHBY Appleton: http://whby.com/index.php/News/WHBY_News/385870

Milwaukee Post: http://www.ifoldsflip.com/t/34594

AP: http://host.madison.com/article_e01322fb-a2b5-5bf5-8ace-83bb0599b011.html

Appleton Post Crescent: http://www.postcrescent.com/story/news/local/2014/09/14/wisconsin-urged-halt-highway-projects/15644195/

WQOW: http://www.wqow.com/story/26631449/2014/09/25/push-made-for-more-money-to-be-spent-on-road-repairs-instead-of-expansion

WEAU: http://www.weau.com/home/headlines/Report-shows-vision-for-Wisconsins-transportation-future-277137301.html

WXOW: http://www.wxow.com/story/26630073/2014/09/25/wispirg-opposes-planned-wisconsin-highway-expansion-projects-in-new-report

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram story: http://www.leadertelegram.com/news/front_page/article_f341b5b4-b825-5e9f-af6a-bf9eee78ccdc.html

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram photo gallery: http://leadertelegram.mycapture.com/mycapture/folder.asp?event=1849711&CategoryID=55772


1000 Friends of Wisconsin and WisDOT Number Failures (Oct 1)

1000 Friends report picked up some great coverage Wed, including a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article! Who can respond with LTEs??

Here is the coverage:

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/group-says-dot-overestimates-future-traffic-levels-b99363245z1-277812431.html

Wisconsin Gazette: http://www.wisconsingazette.com/wisconsin-gaze/study-state-taxpayers-on-the-hook-for-1-billion-in-useless-highway-projects-due-to-faulty-data.html

Fox 47 News: http://www.fox47.com/newsroom/top_stories/videos/group-says-dot-overspends-highway-expansion-projects-2276.shtml

WKOW TV ABC: http://www.wkow.com/story/26682287/2014/10/01/study-claims-traffic-projects-could-cost-taxpayers-1-billion

WI Public Radio:

Streetsblog: http://streetsblog.net/2014/10/02/deranged-traffic-projections-could-cost-wisconsin-3-billion/


Four links to WISPIRG news conference in Eau Claire

WQOW TV 18: http://www.wqow.com/story/26631449/2014/09/25/push-made-for-more-money-to-be-spent-on-road-repairs-instead-of-expansion

WEAU TV 13: http://www.weau.com/home/headlines/Report-shows-vision-for-Wisconsins-transportation-future-277137301.html

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram news story: http://www.leadertelegram.com/news/front_page/article_f341b5b4-b825-5e9f-af6a-bf9eee78ccdc.html

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram photo gallery: http://leadertelegram.mycapture.com/mycapture/folder.asp?event=1849711&CategoryID=55772


Wisconsin Commission on Transportation Finance and Policy

At the direction of Governor Walker, Matt Gottlieb led a commission to go round the state and pick up on what people are saying about transportation and how to finance transportation. This is their report - Spring 2013

Read: http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/about/tfp/


Mike Gousha interviews

Craig Thompson of Wisconsin Transportation Development Association

Listen: http://www.wisn.com/politics/upfront/amendment-would-protect-transportation-money/28047776

Bruce Speight, WISPIRG, September 28, 2014

Listen: http://www.wisn.com/report-questions-transportation-spending-priorities/28286942


LTEs

Bruce Speight: WSJ - September 20, 2014 - http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/opinion/mailbag/get-priorities-straight-for-transporta

Peter Skopec: WSJ – September 22, 2014 - http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/opinion/mailbag/focus-on-local-transportation-needs-not-

Hans Noeldner: Wausau Daily Herald – Oct 4, 2014 - http://www.wausaudailyherald.com/story/opinion/2014/09/29/letter-try-spending-less-roads/16422675/

Terry Wiggins:

“… The next governor, whichever candidate wins, must make responsible decisions that meet the transportation demands that are actually increasing, that grow our economy and that stop wasting our taxpayer money on billion-dollar highway expansions (dare we call it a “boondoggle”?)….”

Read: http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/your-views-b99339025z1-273106351.html

Bill Sell: http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/your-views-b99366033z1-278451841.html

Excellent Support from Dianne Dagelen of Sierra Club and CMRT.

Thoughtful. Easy to read cogent arguments. Take this one with you.

Read: http://www.greatwatersgroup.org/Joomla25/index.php?option=com_edocman&task=document.viewdoc&id=21&Itemid=179

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Supports Transportation as Campaign Issue

Read: http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/scott-walker-mary-burke-give-specifics-on-transportation-challenge-b99336248z1-272397451.html

Voices from Racine Outspoken in support of Transit

Background: note from Al Stanek, Parking and Transit Systems Manager, City of Racine.

“You might find the attached commentary of interest. It appeared in Sunday’s Racine Journal Times and was written by our Common Council President.

“As background --- here in Racine we proposed cutting night service and/or Sunday service as of October 1 and scheduled the required public hearings. The response was strongly negative and the Common Council on a 14 to 1 vote agreed to contribute an additional 9+ percent local share contribution in 2015 and to rule out service cuts.

“The local paper actually asked readers to comment on options and got an overwhelming response to add additional funding. They provided excellent coverage on the issue including sending a reporter out on a night route to interview riders. The reporter also sought comment from local state Rep. Robin Voss and he responded that ‘local officials should stop coming to the state for a hand-out”. That precipitated this commentary.”

Read: http://journaltimes.com/news/opinion/editorial/commentary-bus-advocates-are-looking-for-a-commitment-not-a/article_bf61c379-e948-5250-b84e-7bae11848aa4.html

Background issue: Transit to Jobs:

Hi Dr. McManus, Rev. Brisco,
Here’s a nice article from Mass Transit magazine on last Friday’s press conference.
Tom
Thomas Winter
Director of Schedule & Planning
Milwaukee County Transit System

http://www.masstransitmag.com/article/11647224/new-routes-launch-new-hope-in-milwaukee

Video of Press Conference: http://fox6now.com/2014/08/15/new-bus-routes-give-some-people-opportunity-to-work-outside-their-neighborhood/

Background issue: Generations Divided

Business Journal article on SEWRPC survey results:
Read: http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/blog/2014/07/regional-surveys-show-generational-divide-in.html?s=print

From Hans: No doubt some of you know about the upward mobility study that came out a year ago, but I don’t recall any mention of it in our Coalition for More Responsible Transportation discourse. Milwaukee ranks 49th out of the 50 biggest metro areas. The link to inadequate transit seems obvious…
Source: http://www.equality-of-opportunity.org/
Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/22/business/in-climbing-income-ladder-location-matters.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Facilities Design Manual, WisDOT

http://roadwaystandards.dot.wi.gov/standards/fdm/11-03.pdf#fd11-3-5.1


Hunger Task Force Produced Videos


Proposed I-94 Construction videos produced by Hunger Task Force
17-Jun, Tuesday, WISN 12, 5:00 PM, , 61,131,
Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tl8mztPkouA&feature=youtu.be

17-Jun, Tuesday, CBS 58, 10:00 PM, 29,503,
Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gv-_tex2myw&feature=youtu.be

17-Jun, Tuesday, WISN 12, 10:00 PM, 44,543,
Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ayGaQcQi3A&feature=youtu.be

17-Jun, Tuesday, WTMJ 4, 10:00 PM, 10,514,
Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IPK0QBRx2U&feature=youtu.be

17-Jun, Tuesday, 620 WTMJ-AM, 5:30 AM, streaming,
Listen: http://s3.amazonaws.com/TVEyesMediaCenter/UserContent/151702/3688143.2635/RADWTMJ_06-17-2014_05.38.28.aac

13-Jun, Friday, CBS 58, 10:00 PM, 64,446,
Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCgA4NNcJCs&feature=youtu.be

15-Jun, Sunday, CBS 58, 10:00 PM, 23,769,
Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWRCLyvuzCw&feature=youtu.be

16-Jun, Monday, CBS 58, 4:30 AM, 4,235,
Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hhvh-tSuh5w&feature=youtu.be

16-Jun, Monday, CBS 58, 6:30 AM, 14,914,
Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96e21xBJw6s&feature=youtu.be


Week of June 16, 2014


WTAQ, June 19, Green Bay

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett Against Double-Decker Idea for I-94

http://wtaq.com/news/articles/2014/jun/19/milwaukee-mayor-tom-barrett-against-double-decker-idea-for-i-94/


Hola all:

Here are the two clips of today’s (6/16/14) news about the press conference, congratulations!! —Juan Carlos

http://www.cbs58.com/news/top-stories/Protesters-call-proposed-I-94-construction-Billion-Dollar-Highway-Boondoggle-263386961.html

http://fox6now.com/2014/06/16/we-want-more-and-better-options-some-not-happy-with-dots-plan-to-expand-i-94/


Hola all: This is the clip that was shown at channel 12 Mke. Today! (6/17/14) We have forced Scott Walker to come out and publicly speak on this. I believe we can use this material later in other communities —Juan Carlos

http://www.wisn.com/news/community-organizations-take-stand-against-i94-expansion/26537070#!0kN1A


Community organizations take stand against I94
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2014 16:56:35 −0500 —Sandy

More media: http://usa.streetsblog.org/2014/06/18/milwaukee-protesters-try-to-halt-double-decker-freeway/


Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 18 2014

Scott Walker, Tom Barrett square off over I-94 traffic plan

http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/scott-walker-tom-barrett-square-off-over-i-94-traffic-plan-b99294719z1-263739101.html


Post press conference media:

WISN coverage:
http://www.wisn.com/news/battle-lines-drawn-over-i94-expansion-plan/26539144

WI Public Radio coverage:
http://www.wpr.org/double-decking-interstate-west-milwaukee-remains-option-says-walker


WTMJ, June 17 2014 @10:12:30

at 10:12:30: http://mms.tveyes.com/Transcript.asp?StationID=2010&DateTime=6%2F17%2F2014+10%3A12%3A20+PM&Term=%22Hunger+Task+Force%22+%2Bmilwaukee&PlayClip=TRUE

http://mms.tveyes.com/Transcript.asp?StationID=2005&DateTime=6%2F17%2F2014+10%3A16%3A40+PM&Term=Hunger+Task+Force&PlayClip=TRUE

http://mms.tveyes.com/Transcript.asp?StationID=2000&DateTime=6%2F17%2F2014+10%3A36%3A22+PM&Term=%22Hunger+Task+Force%22+%2Bmilwaukee&PlayClip=TRUE

at 2:19:00 http://mms.tveyes.com/Transcript.asp?StationID=2010&DateTime=6%2F18%2F2014+2%3A18%3A51+AM&Term=Hunger+Task+Force+%2Bmilwaukee&PlayClip=TRUE

http://mms.tveyes.com/Transcript.asp?StationID=2000&DateTime=6%2F17%2F2014+5%3A15%3A21+PM&Term=Hunger+Task+Force&PlayClip=TRUE


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