$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 […]

Passage of Amendment Could Mean WISDOT Will Rule With a Concrete Fist

Posted October 21st, 2014 @ 6:30 AM by

With polls showing 70% support for a constitutional amendment creating a department of transportation and ensuring that taxes paid by motor-vehicle users are spent on transportation*, passage appears certain. But what will that mean for the future of transportation in Wisconsin? WISDOT could rule with a concrete fist. A shining example of WISDOTs current position […]

Stop Wasteful Highway Expansions, No New Transportation Taxes, Fix Local Roads First

Posted October 20th, 2014 @ 5:31 PM by

Concerned Residents of Cities, Towns Traveling to Capitol to Tell Gov. Walker: Stop Wasteful Highway Expansions, No New Transportation Taxes, Fix Local Roads First FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 20, 2014 CONTACT: Juan Carlos Ruiz, (414) 758-0600 Cleaner Milwaukee Coalition   Bruce Speight, bspeight@wispirg.org, (608) 658-3517 WHAT: Last week, WISDOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb refused to hear […]

Put Our Transportation Problems on the Radar!

Posted October 19th, 2014 @ 4:30 PM by

According to WISDOT, the next State budget will have $680 million more in planned transportation spending than is projected to come in from gas taxes. Unfortunately the majority of the news coverage has missed the opportunity to address the imbalance by reducing wasteful project spending. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has called this issue one of […]

Dear Media: Please Research the Declining Returns on Highway Investments

Posted October 14th, 2014 @ 5:30 AM by

Every couple of weeks, we hear about a $680 million shortfall in the transportation fund.  The unspoken premise being that the projects that are creating the need that exceeds what the gas tax brings in are demonstrably worth the investment.  So what is the return on highway investment nowadays? Go ahead, make a guess.  And keep in […]

Transpo Fund Amendment Will Not Deliver!

Posted October 6th, 2014 @ 5:30 AM by

So the proponents of Wisconsin state referendum question #1, a constitutional amendment to protect the transportation fund, put out a video to convince the public why the measure is in their interests.  If you go to the section on what people want their transportation money spent on, you see: Repair the streets. Improving quality of […]

Worth a Constitutional Amendment?

Posted October 1st, 2014 @ 5:30 AM by

On November 4th, the people of Wisconsin will be asked if they want to “protect” the state’s transportation fund.  The motivation, proponents say, is the $1.4 billion “raid” on the transportation fund during the Doyle administration. The implication is that the people who pay gas taxes have been shortchanged and that their interests need to […]