Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Chicago Beats New York

It's the transportation equivalent of "Cubs Win! Cubs Win."

A few weeks ago I posted an item about New York's efforts to raise money for transit expansions through fees on motorists driving into the city using what is known to transportation wonks as "congestion pricing."

Well, it turns out that the New York plan fell through. Too much suburban opposition.

So the feds instead like what Chicago is doing so much with transit improvements and increased parking meter fees that it decided to ship $153 million of the New York plan's federal funding to the Windy City.

Details here.

Of course, nothing is happening in Milwaukee with transit improvements because Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker has said "no" to anything with a rail under it, preferring to starve and dismember his dying bus system.

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