Cracking the Conservative Transportation Frame

Posted July 29th, 2015 @ 6:35 PM by

With a promised audit of WISDOT in the works, now is a good time to reflect on how conservatives on Wisconsin’s joint audit committee think about transportation.  I have spent a lot of time trying to understand the arguments conservatives make against pedestrian, bicycle, and transit facilities.  But each time I would crack one of […]

So Far State Officials Can’t Prove Roads Grow Economy

Posted July 6th, 2015 @ 6:30 AM by

If you have been reading my recent posts at Forward Lookout, you are aware that I have been sending out a series of open records requests to state office holders who claim that increased infrastructure spending grows the economy.  I recently received a response from Senator Jennifer Shilling’s Office to one such request. Like the […]

GOP Bickers Over Zoo Interchange, Ped, Bike Funding Still in Flux

Posted June 18th, 2015 @ 3:42 PM by

While Wisconsin’s mainstream media degenerate into covering the dispute between Assembly and Senate Republicans over whether the Zoo interchange should be delayed, I checked in with Senator Fitzgerald’s office to see what pieces are still at play in the transportation puzzle: The project delays being discussed are for projects funded exclusively by bonding. This generally […]

Can We Apply ROI Standards to Highways Please?

Posted June 4th, 2015 @ 9:18 PM by

If we can quantify the returns to the state for an $80 million investment in a sports arena, why isn’t it possible, with “big data” technology, to insist on obtaining a similar metric before approving $1.3 billion of highway bonding in the Governor’s proposed budget?

Transportation Budget up for Vote on Friday…

Posted May 28th, 2015 @ 8:58 PM by

Late Update: Most transportation issues have been pushed off until next week.  JFC ended up passing a motion with reduced cuts to the Stewardship fund compared to the Governor’s budget proposal.  This may result in some money being saved for rails to trails.  Also of note, Dane County’s ability to regulate Shorland Zoning was gutted. […]

State Transportation Up at 2pm Today

Posted May 27th, 2015 @ 12:11 PM by

UPDATE: JFC will not be taking up Transportation Today according to the latest memo.  JFC will meet at 2:30pm today to take up issues listed in the memo. It appears the Joint Committee on Finance is finally ready to tackle the issue of the $1.3 billion of transportation bonding proposed in Scott Walker’s Budget.  You can […]

$25 State Bike Fee Possible

Posted May 15th, 2015 @ 11:13 AM by

A followup question from Rep. Nygren to the DOT about raising fees on bicyclists has been answered in a recent Legislative Fiscal Bureau Paper on Transportation. In the paper, proposals from Washington and Oregon are cited, and an example $25 fee is used to estimate potential revenue at $2.4 million in 2015-16 and $4.8 million in 2016-17. […]

JFC Co-Chairs Plan to Drop a Highway Bomb on Future Generations

Posted April 21st, 2015 @ 6:30 AM by

…we can’t expect one generation to pick up the load for all these projects at the same time… Unfortunately, these projects are all coming to fruition at the same time… it’s up to us to figure out what are we going to do to continue…

Walker Proposes Rollback of Complete Streets

Posted February 4th, 2015 @ 11:07 AM by

Governor Walker’s budget address on February third is getting a lot of press for the $1.3 billion of borrowing for transportation, but there is also a rollback of the complete streets policy formalized in 2010.  The Governor stated in his address: Finally, the Governor recommends several statutory changes including repealing the requirement that the department […]

Wisconsin Road Lovers Stuck in 1990

Posted December 10th, 2014 @ 10:36 PM by

The Local Government Institute of Wisconsin has a new report out ( Filling Potholes: A New Look at Funding Local Transportation in Wisconsin ) that makes the case for funding Wisconsin Transportation. The problem is that the report they cite to highlight how much highway construction benefits the economy is from 1990.

Watch Out For Exhausted Gas and Diesel Delivery Truck Drivers – We Have an Energy Emergency!

Posted November 3rd, 2014 @ 10:05 AM by

Governor Scott Walker declared an energy emergency on Friday and has waved the 70-hour per week restriction on truck drivers transporting petroleum products into Wisconsin.  Kind of a risky move, given the fact that studies show higher rates of crashes occur the Monday after a time change.  Maybe it would be even riskier for a Governor running […]