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Report details Wisconsin’s transportation needs

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Transportation, in its 20-year plan released this week, said that federal economic stimulus money does not solve immediate or long-term money needs.

According to the report, the state’s highway trust fund will need significant increases beyond what the stimulus can provide.

The department said Wisconsin will receive about $530 million from the stimulus to pay for highway projects, with millions more for transit and aeronautics.

The money is being used to accelerate start dates on various projects and pay for a variety of transportation grant programs.

The department also said it plans to apply for about $500 million in stimulus money to implement high speed passenger rail service between Milwaukee and Madison.

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