Riding the rails to U.S. Senate control?

  • Article by: JOHN MCCORMICK , Bloomberg News
  • Updated: August 29, 2010 - 9:09 PM

Milwaukee-Madison high-speed rail is at the crux of Wisconsin Senate race, a contest crucial to Senate control.

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paulskiAug. 29, 10 7:01 PM

You think Mass Trancit won't make money? Yes your right. Remembers, the hyway systems don't pay for themselves either. But the claim that people won't use it? Well, look at our light rail and the train coming in Mpls from Big Lake. This year they rebuilt the light rail stations. Made them bigger, so more cars could be used. Because to many perple were using the system. All forms of mass transitare are the future. Don't be left in the past. Remember our republicans were against the light rail. Once they saw that people used it, and the developement around the stations, well they approved the train from Big Lake, and the next light rail line to St Paul.

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the_vfoxAug. 29, 10 7:29 PM

pork spending. High speed rail goes faster than cars, none of which would describe "the NEW high speed" boondoggle. It is a giant waste of money. Let's see ship food with it? What, it only goes to two places? Wow.

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ddellwoAug. 29, 10 7:50 PM

Claims that the Tea Party movement is made up of a bunch of rednecks who fall far outside of "mainstream" America. This November they will find out just how wrong they really are -- I can't get to the polling booth fast enough!

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jjsbrwAug. 29, 10 8:07 PM

something works, or how many people use it. If it costs money, Republicons will hate it.

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the_vfoxAug. 29, 1010:38 PM

liberal remark "It doesn't matter how good something works, or how many people use it. If it costs money, Republicons will hate it. posted by jjsbrw on Aug 29, 10 at 8:07 pm " As long as it is someone else s money, lets spend it. I hope your great grandchildren give you a big wet one for spending money on boondoggles.

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johninwisAug. 29, 1011:38 PM

I currently drive from the Milwaukee area to U.W. Madison twice a month. I space trips as far apart as I can to save gas, so when I go, I need make good use of the hours that I am on campus. The round trip takes me 3 hours, about 5-6 gallons of gas and about $9 in parking... roughly $25. What would be my new high speed rail experience? I'll still have to drive 30 miles round trip to the station in Brookfield (1/2 hour in the morning and again in the evening). Then pay $60+ for the round trip ticket, and have one or two stops along the way (so let's say 1 hour on the train each way). When I arrive in Madison, I won't be within walking distance of campus, so I'll need to pay a cab in the morning and again in the evening ($$$ plus another 1/2 hour in the morning and again in the evening). Thus my day would change from a 3 hour, $25 round trip to a 4+ hour, $80+ round trip. And I will need to plan my day around the train's schedule instead of my plans. That's not a percentage increase... it's a "triple my cost and then some" increase and add 33% to my commute time. Do you think I'm going ride the train? Who would? It's not a sensible alternative. Last year, I considered riding the Badger Bus (which also picks up in Brookfield) and made the same comparison. The earliest Badger Bus leaves Goerke's Corners at 7:15 a.m., costs more than my commute and takes more time. If it made sense, I would ride the Badger Bus (and thus wouldn't need a train to get me there). Cab drivers in Madison will get more business (jobs saved, I guess). And my 10 and 13 year old sons and I will pay more taxes to subsidize the train for decades to come.

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lenzy1000Aug. 30, 10 2:22 AM

taking "other people's money" when the rail line went to his factory.

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vancrsAug. 30, 10 3:42 AM

where it went to his factory, which employed people who paid taxes, which made goods that taxes were paid on. Admit it this train will cost taxpayers money yearly for no meaningful purpose. As johninwis states it doesn't save the rider any money or time and is just a money pit for tax payers who have seen more than their fair share of these kinds of projects. Lets fix the infrastruture roads and bridges we have now and pay down the deficit before we spend our great grandchildrens money for this kind of government waste.

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b127oaktreeAug. 30, 10 4:57 AM

among many other things. Can you think of any other names liberals have for those that dsagree ?

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mcleanmAug. 30, 10 5:31 AM

That wouldn't be "Racist" would it??

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