Transportation

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.

Report | WISPIRG Foundation | Transportation

Track Record of Success: High Speed Rail Around the World and Its Promise for America

Drawing lessons from other countries, a major new report from WISPIRG shows that high-speed rail can boost our economy, save energy, curb pollution and provide a popular alternative to congested roads and airports.

News Release | WISPIRG Foundation | Transportation

Why WI Needs Passenger Rail! New WISPIRG Study Provides Evidence of Economic Growth, Development and Jobs Worldwide

Drawing lessons from other countries, a new study from WISPIRG shows that high-speed rail can boost our economy, save energy, curb pollution and provide a popular alternative to congested roads and airports.

Report | WISPIRG Foundation | Transportation

Connecting the Midwest: How a Faster Passenger Rail Network Could Speed Travel and Boost the Economy

A new report puts clear numbers and a clear vision on how high-speed rail will boost the Midwest economey, reduce highway and airport congestion, reduce dependence on oil, and protect the environment.

News Release | WISPIRG | Transportation

New Report: High-Speed Rail "Part of the Solution"

A new report puts clear numbers and a clear vision on how high-speed rail will boost the Wisconsin and Midwest economy, reduce highway and airport congestion, reduce dependence on oil, and protect the environment.

Report | WISPIRG Foundation | Transportation

Road Work Ahead

Drivers in Wisconsin pay an extra $281 per year on car repairs due to highways and bridges in disrepair. A new report released today strongly criticized politicians and policies that favor building new roadways while neglecting existing bridges and roads. The report notes that 43 percent of roads in Wisconsin are in less than good condition and an unsettling 1,207 bridges are structurally deficient. An examination of recent spending (2006-2008) of federal transportation funds show that the state has directed far more dollars ($90 million) annually toward building new or wider highways compared to funds directed to fixing bridges ($55 million).

News Release | WISPIRG | Transportation

New Report: Misplaced Highway Spending the Blame for Crumbling Roads and Bridges

A new report released today strongly criticized politicians and policies that favor building new roadways while neglecting existing bridges and roads.

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