Comment to Rob Hall -- November 13, 2010
Hi Rob, I had a chance to look at a couple more of the links. The one I found most interesting was the one from the Cato Institute. While I disagree strongly with its conclusions, I could not agree more with these sentences from Randal O'Toole's Gridlock: "The benefits of mobility are huge and undeniable. The most tangible benefit is to our personal incomes. Increased travel speeds allow people to reach more potential jobs in a given commute time." Given that a large portion of jobs and income in the City of Milwaukee are now located on the East Side (between UWM and Columbia St. Mary's), neither of which has convenient freeway access, I wonder how well this is being implemented within City limits. Not well at all, I would argue. Though I actually advocate remedying this problem by building freeways to link the East Side, a likelier solution is light rail. This past summer's floods demonstrated the inherent mess of East Side traffic.
Journal-Sentinel Transit Links
There is nothing better than a drive through the country, and I was grateful to have the opportunity to drive to St. Lawrence (an unincorporated burg near Hartford) late this afternoon. Taking the leisurely route back--Highway 175--I found myself tied up in horrendous urban sprawl. (Not by surprise--I'd wanted to stop at a Kinko's, but they closed too early.) Driving on Southbound 45 towards the Mayfair area, I noticed that traffic in the other direction was backed up for miles.
I believe that not only is it critical for the high-speed rail project to move forward, the Milwaukee area desperately needs additional light rail (streetcars). One ideal route would be in parallel to I-45 along the western beltline.