Saturday, November 25, 2017

Badger rail to the MN game today? Walker said 'no.'

Wisconsin's GOP Governor and anti-rail ideologue Scott Walker didn't just wreck vacations, business travel, rail-induced development and a burgeoning transportation industry when he blocked construction of federally-funded Amtrak service that was to connect Madison to an upgraded regional passenger rail network.

Imagine how much fun it would have been to ride a Badger Special festooned with red and white decorations from Madison to the Twin Cities where Wisconsin this afternoon on a gorgeous fall afternoon goes for Paul Bunyan's Axe, Big 10 bragging rights, an undefeated UW season and BCS/bowl playoff assignments. 

Conservatives in Wisconsin talk a good game about choices, but when in power repeatedly limit or eliminate choices when it comes to local controls, women's health services, and certainly to transit alternatives opposed by well-heeled highway, automobile and petroleum lobbies.
These Amtrak trains were assembled in Milwaukee, then shipped out of state because Walker prevented them from serving Wisconsin riders.

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