Supporters of the Milwaukee streetcar line have plenty of reasons to think that the downtown transit and development project Walker and GOP legislators are trying to kill through a utility cost ploy is far from dead:
Ald. Robert Bauman, who represents the downtown Milwaukee area and is a major supporter of the streetcar project, said that the utility relocation costs for the project will be insignificant and predicted that the project will move forward despite the state budget measure, which still needs to be approved by the full Legislature and signed by Gov. Scott Walker.As a Milwaukee transit advocate, Bauman was involved more than a decade ago in crafting a civil rights/environmental justice settlement with state and federal officials to ensure that funding available then - - and now ticketed for the streetcar project - - be used for Milwaukee transit projects.
Here is a link to the settlement.