26.5.10

DON'T MISS THE FIRST INNING STUCK IN TRAFFIC. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel sportswriter Michael Hunt (via Political Environment) makes the case for the train to the game.
[Twin Cities] light rail makes its last stop about 10 feet from one of the main Target Field gates. There were all sorts of people taking it to the game, me, stadium workers, Twins fans, Brewers fans, just zipping by the stalled traffic in the morning rain. It's convenient, quick and a buck-75.

I don't want this to turn into a political debate, but it's absurd that Milwaukee doesn't have comparable public transit. I've taken the train in from the St. Louis and Cleveland airports, along with many other places. And yeah, blah, blah, somebody's gotta pay for it and all that, but save it for the political yakkers on the radio. All I know is Milwaukee, with all it has going for it, is way behind the curve in the fight that keeps its attractions unlinked by rail. They've figured it out in places like Portland, Salt Lake City, etc., so there's no reason why they can't figure it out in Milwaukee.
Particularly because Milwaukee once had streetcar service to County Stadium, and Speedrail management was pinning its hopes on Milwaukee County Stadium traffic boosting their revenues. (A route description issued to railfans in the now-infamous September 2, 1950 excursions noted the stadium site.)

The Route 10 streetcar lasted long enough to bring baseball fans to the All-Star Game and the only World Series a Milwaukee team ever won. The interurban right of way provided space for a siding to lay up cars during the game. (Did the motormen have the opportunity to watch the game from Veterans' Hill?)


The Rapid Transit Line right of way is through the current parking lots. The power line that goes from south to north of the expressway in the vicinity of the stadium marks its location.


A careful examination of this picture will show a concrete retaining wall that is still visible to spectators using the Soldiers' Home exit to the stadium.

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