Transportation

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Wisconsin Watch: Road builders brew up public support

If you listen to Milwaukee Brewers’ games on the radio, chances are you’ve heard it. Amid the endless — and, by about game two of the 162-game season, tedious — commercials for Miller Lite and the Wisconsin Lottery are a pair of classy ads from the Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association, a state lobby group.

Media Hit | Transportation

Biz Beat: Aging boomers need transit, report warns

Millions of aging baby boomers getting behind the wheel of a car is enough to frighten any demographer or traffic cop. But with funding for local transit service facing some $14 million in cuts in the proposed state budget, a new report warns that seniors may soon not have safe alternatives to get around.

Report | WISPIRG | Transportation

Aging in Place, Stuck Without Options

The first baby boomers turn 65 years old this year and seniors in eight Wisconsin metro areas are in danger of being unable to get around. The largest generation in history, Boomers are also the most dependent on automobile travel. Yet by 2015, more than half of seniors ages 65 and older in these eight Wisconsin cities will live in communities with poor options for people who do not drive, according to a new report.

News Release | WISPIRG, WISPIRG Foundation | Transportation

New Report: Most Aging Baby Boomers in Eight Wisconsin Metro Areas Will Face Poor Mobility Options

The first baby boomers turn 65 years old this year and seniors in eight Wisconsin metro areas are in danger of being unable to get around. The largest generation in history, Boomers are also the most dependent on automobile travel. Yet by 2015, more than half of seniors ages 65 and older in these eight Wisconsin cities will live in communities with poor options for people who do not drive, according to a new report.

News Release | WISPIRG | Transportation

The Great Wisconsin Pothole Tour

WISPIRG volunteers stopped in Green Bay today on a statewide tour to highlight the poor condition of Wisconsin’s roads and to criticize the misplaced priorities of state leaders who have voted to commit Wisconsin taxpayers to unjustified and costly highway projects while cutting funding for local road repair and transit.

Report | WISPIRG Foundation | Transportation

Building Boondoggles?

At a time when the State of Wisconsin is wielding an axe with many public programs and vital transportation services, it appears to be shoveling tax dollars toward four highly questionable highway expansion programs that could cost over $2 billion.

News Release | WISPIRG | Transportation

Spending Gone Wild on Questionable Projects

Despite promises to eliminate government waste and fix potholes, Governor Scott Walker has taken an ax to state aids for local road repair and transit services, while proposing four highly questionable highway projects that could end up costing Wisconsin taxpayers over $2 billion.

Report | WISPIRG Foundation | Transportation

Do Roads Pay for Themselves?

Do roads pay for themselves? This report disproves the common misconception that road-building is paid for by user fees, showing that gas taxes cover barely half the costs of building and maintaining roads, a fraction which is likely to fall steadily.

News Release | WISPIRG | Transportation

Myth Busted: Road Costs Not Covered by Gas Taxes

A new report released today by the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group titled "Do Roads Pay for Themselves?" disproves the common misconception that road-building is paid for by user fees, showing that gas taxes cover barely half the costs of building and maintaining roads, a fraction which is likely to fall steadily.

News Release | WISPIRG | Transportation

Local Leaders to DOT officials, Gov.-Elect Walker

A broad coalition of local buisness, government, environmental, and public interest leaders gathered last night to express their support for inter-city passenger rail in Wisconsin. Their statements were a prelude to a public meeting hosted jointly by MnDOT and WisDOT to gather public input on the future of passenger rail connections between the two states. The group's message to DOT officials, and to Governor-elect Walker is clear: suppor for rail is strong across the state and especially in the Chippewa Valley. The message was reinforced by over 200 attendees who came to the meeting.

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