Transportation

Reforming Wisconsin’s Transportation Priorities

In 2015, WISPIRG and our coalition partners urged legislators to stop billion-dollar highway boondoggles, like the I-94 expansion, and our hard work paid off: The expansion of I-94 is on hold indefinitely, and we will work to stop it for good before the next budget debate begins in 2017. Just as significant is that legislators have taken up our call to examine the Department of Transportation’s flawed traffic forecasts by ordering an audit of the State Highway Program.

Report | WISPIRG | Transportation

A Better Solution for the I-94 East-West Corridor

Check out the map for our proposed Better Solution for the I-94 East-West Corridor: "Rehab/Transit" Alternative 

Report | WISPIRG Foundation | Transportation

Fork in the Road

A new WISPIRG Foundation report offers a simple, common-sense way to reform transportation spending in Wisconsin.  The state is currently slated to spend nearly $3 billion on four unneeded highway expansion projects, such as the double decker expansion of I-94 in Milwaukee.  Meanwhile, local transportation infrastructure is in disrepair.  We could implement all the recommendations of the 2013 bi-partisan Transportation Policy and Finance Commission for local road repair, transit, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, and the rehabilitation of state-owned roads, for the next 10 years, for just over $1 billion of those highway expansion funds. The report makes clear the choice before state leaders – either spend taxpayer dollars on these highly questionable highway expansion projects, or invest in urgent and underfunded local and state-owned road repair and other 21st century priorities.  

 

News Release | WISPIRG | Budget, Transportation

Statement: $75M WISDOT grant awards a missed opportunity

Gov. Tony Evers and Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary-designee Craig Thompson announced on Wednesday the recipients of $75 million in Multimodal Local Supplement funding awards, which support one-time transportation investments in communities across the state. The awards include $15.2 million for projects with bike and pedestrian infrastructure improvements, but only $1 million for public transportation systems. Only one of the 11 public transit project applications that were submitted will receive funding.

What We Can Learn from Cargo-Bikes in Vienna

By | Peter Skopec
State Director

What would it take to get you out of your car? WISPIRG director Peter Skopec's hometown of Vienna, Austria, is hoping that a rebate of up to 1,000 euros for individuals and families who buy a cargo bike will help convince a few hundred people to get out of the driver’s seat and into the saddle.

News Release | WISPIRG | Transportation

Letter: Coalition endorses transit improvements, vehicle registration fee

A letter to the Madison Common Council in support of Metro Forward transit improvements and the proposed $40 vehicle registration fee.

The cyclist’s dilemma: How safety, climate and air pollution collide on America’s roadways

By | Matt Casale
Director, Transform Transportation Campaign

Walkers and bikers are getting killed at alarming rates -- at a time when we need this type of transportation more than ever. 

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