Posts tagged ‘transit’

October 21, 2007

The problem with rail

by thoughtfulconservative

James Wigderson had a great post on transit feeding off this post by Fred. I’m going to quote at length because it was so good.

The train won’t go to the airport. How stupid is that? If you’re going to have a train, why would you skip the airport when the people who would probably use it the most are people landing at Mitchell International?

And this is the problem with any plan that involves trains and rails. The trains don’t go where people need to go. The ridership is never what is expected because the trains don’t go where people want to go. So they have to build more rails to get more riders. And the rails will have to stretch into neighborhoods and the neighborhoods fight it more fiercely than they fight the freeways. (You think the people in Story Hill are fighting mad now about possible freeway expansion, wait until somebody decides they need a train to run from West Bend to Miller Park.) Meanwhile, even after they expand the trains still won’t go where people want to go.

Do you know why every train plan involves government subsidies? Because it’s 19th century technology applied to today’s problems. Do you know the most efficient means invented of moving materials, people, goods and services – the true model of mass transit efficiency? The interstate freeway system.


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October 21, 2007

A Waukesha Carnival edition 9

by thoughtfulconservative

The rally at the capitol was the big news and was covered by the following Waukesha-based blogs (there are others also):

Dad29 (and here), silent e had several posts, many with pictures, as did the Asian Badger who flew in (imagine beating all that traffic!).

David at Carrick Bend Thoughts had a post which caused me to think about how much those who favor a
federalization of Iraq are giving Turkey the idea that they could make their excursion into Iraq against the Kurds.

Jeff at Five Points Blog looks at religious buildings and zoning, especially in relationship to the proposed mosque in Pewaukee.

Sancho rants at Hobo Springs about band competition judging.

Jessica McBride gives her good, bad and very bad on the state budget.

Pete Fanning informs us about what is happening in Tennessee since their rise in the cigarette tax.

Lisa at Sequentially Speaking tells us about some cool upcoming stuff.

The Spring City Chronicle fisked the piece in the Waukesha Freeman on regional transit.

Scott Feldstein shares a video and tells us why he doesn’t follow politicians around.

Fox Head has a long post on schools. Yes, it’s long. Yes, it’s important.

Tim at The Other Side of My Mouth gives us a delightful three act play, his version of Harvey.

You can catch up with Fletch at Two Heroes.

Jim Bouman at Water Blogged in Waukesha writes an letter to Laura Walker of the Journal Sentinel over her opinions on the Pabst Farm interchange.

James Wigderson gives the Waukesha School Board ideas for saving money.

Yorick’s Persiflage opines that Social Security will not be around when he needs it. His post also includes thoughts on Carroll University College and morning people.

The MyCommunityNOW blogs have been updated to allow comments and they now have feeds. Here are some pertinent ones: The Right Side of New Berlin (Matt Thomas), Conservatively Speaking  (State Sen. Mary Lazich), New Berlin Citizens for Responsible Government, Brookfield City News (Cindy Kilkenny), Thinking Out Loud, Common Ground, Takin’ the Blog for a Walk, Wake Up! Waukesha, Maple & Main, Inside New Berlin, Environmental Stewards, As I See It (New Berlin alderman Joe Poshepny), Pauls’ Falls, Public Trough, Balancing Brookfield, Practically Speaking, and Land Savers. Some of these post periodically, some once a week, some several times a week, others rarely. More are added periodically.

Well, that’s it again for this week. Again if you have a suggestion, know a Waukesha County blogger not on my blog roll, or have read a blogger’s take on happenings in Waukesha (usually the water problem and sprawl issues are most likely), let me know, either by email at thoughtfulconservative [at] yahoo [dot] com or in the comments.

October 15, 2007

Is the Journal Sentinel proposing a trade?

by thoughtfulconservative

Bus route 9 for Lake Michigan water?

As everyone who isn’t living under a radium-laced rock knows, several Waukesha County communities would like to get water from Lake Michigan. As long as those communities use water wisely and return that water to the Great Lakes’ natural basin, they should get it.

I’m thinking the environmentalists are already not liking where this is going.

But the search for water took another political hit last week, not from anyone in Milwaukee County but from Waukesha County supervisors who apparently can’t tell when their interests and those of Milwaukee County converge.

The Waukesha County Board’s Public Works Committee endorsed a plan to eliminate the No. 9 bus route, one of several commuter bus routes the county funds – in this case, one that brings workers to the county from Milwaukee. The committee also voted to increase the fee on another Milwaukee-Waukesha County route, the No. 10, which connects with Waukesha Transit buses at Brookfield Square mall. [Emphasis mine]

There’s the bus route part of the trade. So?

By themselves, the actions may not be significant – unless you happen to be a worker who uses the service – but in the larger scheme of things, they could cause some harm. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and others had pleaded for Waukesha County to spare the No. 9.

Which, as has been pointed out before, has 35 riders per day (3 per trip?). The companies involved who say this is vital have no interest in ponying up even a token amount.

Having rebuffed Barrett on this, how amenable do supervisors think the City of Milwaukee is going to be on other matters of regional cooperation, such as water?

Well, I don’t think it’s up to the City of Milwaukee. And the environmentalists will fight this hard no matter what the city says. Not that I necessarily believe them to be wrong here.

And although I’m sure the County Board would love to help Waukesha City (as well as the others) with its water problems (cough, cough), how much involvement does the county have in this?

So if we keep the bus route, we can get Lake Michigan water? Sounds like a deal to me.

October 14, 2007

A Waukesha Carnival, edition 8

by thoughtfulconservative


Without further ado, let me give you the most thought provoking articles I read from Waukesha bloggers this week. If you have some either by Waukesha bloggers or about anything Waukesha, add them in the comments or send an email to thoughtfulconservative [at] yahoo [dot] com.

Three area bloggers give summaries of local news with brief comments on each topic just about every day. One is Jeff at Five Points blog. His Wednesday summary had excellent suggestions for streamlining Planning Commission meetings.

The second is Fox Head. His Saturday post had a good paragraph on Waukesha’s budget and the slosing of bus route 9.

Third is The Spring City Chronicle. He dealt with Waukesha budget matters also, concentrating on big increases in a couple of items. He had a good discussion on a post concerning the Crandon tragedy. He also did some ghost blogging.

The Asian Badger gives kudos to Sens. Kohl and Feingold. Yes, you read that right.

Tim at The Other Side of My Mouth and I don’t agree too often. But this post about recent calls in Congress about and Rush Limbaugh is right on.

The folks at Hobo Springs are into their Biggest Loser “competition.”

Jessica McBride has some PR advice for the authorities dealing with the Crandon tragedy.

Yorick’s Persiflage adds his thoughts on Christians and politics.

Scott Feldstein asks about our favorite mint or gum. Those Altoids boxes are nifty.

Fletch at Two Heroes has some interesting thoughts. I’d link to them directly, but I still can’t figure out how to. I think he just updates one post for each day he writes for as long as he wants the post to be.

At, Pete gives his opinion of the proposed changes to Wisconsin license plates for vets.

Silent e speaks about the fact that crude oil was above $83 yet gas was at its lowest level in 6 months.

Lisa at Sequentially Speaking disappoints all male comic book readers everywhere.

MommaBlogger at Homemaker’s Guide to the Galaxy posts about kids saying the darndest things at the darndest times.

Sancho at La Raza de Waukesha takes exception to the title of Wiggy’s post.

James at Wigderson Library & Post gives us the entire conversation between Ann Coulter and Donny Deutsch that has everyone in an uproar for some reason.

Dad29 has a novel way of determining how much to contribute to a campaign.

Well, I think that’s it for this week. If I’ve left something out, let me know. As usual nominate your own in the comments.