Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Morning Commute Snarled: No Rail To Ride Instead

Cold, snow and accidents snarled Milwaukee's rush hour Wednesday morning, with travel times into the city hitting an hour instead of the typical 15-20 minutes in some spots.

Commuter and light rail connections could have been a Godsend, as this pattern will only worsen as I-94 between Milwaukee and the Illinois line undergoes its eight-year rebuilding and widening.

And then throw in the Zoo Interchange project where I-94, I-894 and State Highway 45 converge...

3 comments:

James Wigderson said...

Thank God there were no trains to Milwaukee derailed this morning due to the snow and ice, killing hundreds of hapless commuters forced to take the train because somebody wouldn't widen the goddam freeway.

James Rowen said...

Ah, James...just when you were showing so much promise...

Dave Reid said...

Widening the freeway would increase commute times over the long run. This has been shown in region after region. By encouraging more widespread development (freeway expansion) people live further apart, their VMTs go up and yes everyone's commute gets longer.