Monday, September 1, 2014

Uh, Oh: SE Wisconsin's Rush-Minute Is Disappearing

Though the state highway fund is tapped out and we're in the middle of more than $6 billion in regional freeway 'improvements around here, WisDOT says half our still-modest commute times are twice as long as some guy says they should be.

That's unacceptable! Motorists around here know they are guaranteed unencumbered speeds of at least 65 mph, day or night, between Milwaukee and any suburb.

The Founders put the Suburbanite's Right of Unfettered Automobile Passage in the preamble to the State's Bill of Lesser-Known Rights. 

It precedes the prohibition against anyone using using the words "Glenn Grothman" and "thought carefully" in the same sentence, and follows the ban against posting an image of Jerry Jones or that Minnesota Vikings horn-blowing guy within 1,000 feet of a school. 

And speaking of bans: Milwaukee urban light rail, suburban commuter rail to the south, and Milwaukee-to-Madison Amtrak with commuter stops in between have all been outlawed by The Concrete Axis - - right-wing talk radio hosts and suburban Republican politicians.

The Concrete Axis believes that trains are the Devil's play things because someone else is driving and strangers sit side-by-side. Sometimes in seats facing in both directions, French style.

So the only solution to Rush Minute Lost is another 50 cents on the gas tax, doubling local 'freeway' lanes and embracing orange barrel hell more less permanently, or through 2060, which ever comes first.

Isn't that The Wisconsin Way to reduce congestion?

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