To the editor:
My comment is regarding an April 26 article titled, “Alderman urges rent for utilities.”
My first question is: Have they even had any public hearings, let alone a referendum, to find out how many people even want this trolley system? Even though I lean to the left and am a big advocate of alternative transportation, I am completely against this.
We did have a chance on two occasions over the years to do it right. About 15 years ago, there was a light-rail proposal that would have gone from Waukesha to downtown Milwaukee and, in at least one proposal, maybe to the east side of Milwaukee.
But all of those on the right, including those with their turned-up noses in Waukesha, were totally against it. It seems like the only time Waukesha wants anything to do with Milwaukee is when they want our water.
Then a couple of years ago, we had a chance to build a high-speed train system from Milwaukee to Madison. This could have led to other high-speed trains in this state, linking many other cities.
But our fine governor, who like all others on the right, wants nothing to do with any type of transportation that does not utilize concrete and or run on rubber tires, rejected it. I am sure this satisfied Walker’s lobbyists like those from the highway construction lobby, the concrete lobby, etc.
Now city officials want to take $65 million or so and waste it to build this Tinkertoy. Then they can say, “Look, Milwaukee now has a trolley system and, to use the governor’s term, we’re open for business.”
I have not read any other details about this project so far except as to where it might go, and it’s not far enough to really matter to anyone. So my bottom line of thinking is that if we can’t do it right, then we should not do it at all.
Mark S. Hansen