MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Outgoing Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle says he is leaving the future of Wisconsin’s high-speed train line to his Republican successor who has vowed to kill the project.
Doyle told The Associated Press on Monday that he decided he could either play brinksmanship and push the project ahead between now and when he leaves office and see if Gov.-elect Scott Walker could stop it. But Doyle said that could lead to lawsuits, put jobs in jeopardy and cause great unrest to the project.
Instead, Doyle said he is leaving it up to Walker to discuss the project’s future with the U.S. Department of Transportation. Doyle said it can’t be a success unless both sides work together on it.
Wisconsin was awarded $810 million in federal stimulus money to pay for building the line between Madison to Milwaukee.