To the editor:
The voters elected a governor who promised to stop the passenger rail project between Milwaukee and Madison.
Ergo, the voters (federal and state taxpayers) do not want the project.
Pre- or postelection, have you asked yourself one fundamental question: Is passenger rail necessary?
Do we have any problems efficiently moving people, commerce, or industry between Milwaukee and Madison?
If not necessary, why are there proponents pushing for passenger rail? What are the possible motives?
Are the motives perhaps control (controlling the means and methods of transportation and controlling how you will travel), expanding government (moving government deeper into your life), manipulation (manipulating transportation through government rather than free choice), ideology (mass transit is “good,” private passenger vehicles are “bad” and the government knows best)?
The taxpayers, commerce, and industry want safe and efficient roads and bridges. Is roadwork necessary?
We have unsafe, underdesigned and overloaded roadways and bridges.
The obvious immediate needs beyond design life include the Zoo Interchange ($2 billion), the Hoan Bridge ($250 million) and Interstate 39/90 from Madison to the Illinois state line ($715 million).
Put our transportation trust fund tax money where it is needed most, not where bureaucrats think it is best.
The Brehmer Agency Inc., Butler