There’s been much debate since the idea of high-speed rail rolled into Wisconsin in the form of $810 in stimulus money.
And many of those viewpoints have landed in our comment section.
Here’s a few highlights from the insightful ongoing conversation at dailyreporter.com.
• From Tuesday’s story titled “Talgo project rolls on despite rail debate:”
Ron Davis: “Why did Doyle and the corrupt Democrats welcome a Spanish company? Why is the deal getting rammed through? (Dummies for Democrats). Why did Jim Doyle steal dollars from the transportation fund during his regime? Where did the money go?”
Karen Jeffries: “Other states are watching this Punch and Judy show (guess who’s pulling the strings), hoping to glom onto that $800 million rail money, and if Walker was able to destroy the long-dreamed-of, long-promised HSR project here with all its related jobs, we still lose. Because by law Wisconsin taxpayers would then have to replace and repay every cent of that $80 million for some other state to build its rail line at our expense.”
Jerad: “I just love how such a large portion of people in this state don’t bat an eye when we’re spending billions of dollars the past fews years for the Marquette, I-94 expansion and soon the Zoo Interchange, but when we get federal money for a PROGRESSIVE mode of transportation there’s an uproar of disapproval. It’s just rediculous.”
Steve J.: “Train, train, go away, don’t come back another day… Why some people have such a love affair with an inflexible, expensive mode of transportation is beyond me. Trains do have their place, however, Wisconsin is not one of them.”
• From last week’s Hot Topics blog: “Robbing rail to pay Hoan is a bridge to nowhere:”
Karen Jeffries: “This line will continue on to the Twin Cities; Madison isn’t the end of the line. If any money is drained away from it, or if Scott Walker wins in November and he isn’t stopped in his threat to halt all work on the HSR line, every penny of that federal money would go back to Washington as a full refund.”
Darra Spalou: “What am amazingly dimwitted perspective. The Hoan should be demolished and replaced with an at-grade roadway that avoids the port. Cheaper, better for everyone in the long run. The goon squad is trying their darndest to neg high speed rail, don’t let them succeed. HSR is the most important infrastructure project in this country since the interstate highway.”
Chris: “We need comprehensive, connected transit of all forms — of which the evil high speed rail is one form. Travel the world, heck, travel to any of our major city neighbors to see just how far behind we are. It’s embarrassing.”
Ted Cheney: “I VOTED AGAINST TAKING THE MONEY OUT OF THE HIGH SPEED RAIL FUND BECAUSE THERE SHOULD BE NO HIGH SPEED RAIL FUND!!! IT IS MY HOPE THAT THE TRANSPORTATION FUND MONEY WILL EVENTAULLY BE RETURNED.”
That’s just a snippet from the insightful discussions going on right now. To join in the conversation, visit our dedicated high-speed rail project profile page for all our stories, videos, photos and more.[polldaddy poll=”2950008″]
[polldaddy poll=”3444834″][polldaddy poll=”3164823″]
Joe Yovino is the Web editor at The Daily Reporter. He thanks you for your comments.