For example, there's no reason why we cannot have a regional approach to transportation needs. With the huge level of investment we are seeing (Foxconn, Downtown, Bucks arena, etc.) in developments and infrastructure, we must strategically adapt our transportation system appropriately or face new problems.We could call it The Milwaukee Electric Railway and Transport Company II.
In that vein, we also hope to begin a serious discussion about a future rail system that can move workers and citizens efficiently throughout the region. Minneapolis, St. Louis and Atlanta are just a few of the large cities and regions with commuter rail systems in place and working well. We are excited about our economic and job growth, but we have to be able to get to point A and to point B in an efficient way. Why not here?
Unfortunately, Our Progressive Betters thought one way to prevent future collapses of highly leveraged electric power conglomerates was to limit their ability to diversify into electric interurban lines, and the Wise Experts were all about limited access highways, and most of this Watertown or the Muskego Lakes area to Milwaukee line is either bike trails or under expressway grades.
But hey, if we're going to rethink the 1960s or rediscover the Canon and the Curriculum, why not update the interurban?
Unattributed vintage photograph from Waukesha Freeman.
Sorry, Milwaukee, doesn't matter whether you double-deck the freeway, or move a few graves to widen it, to get it through that narrow spot near Miller Park, the existing delays will not get any better because of the construction delays, nor will they go away once the additional lanes are in place.