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Gov. Walker continues to insist he will not raise taxes or fees to fund road projects in Wisconsin. Co-chair of the Legislature’s budget committee Rep. John Nygren says the state has to consider increases, now that it’s heading toward a $939-million shortfall in its transportation budget.

Bad Roads Cost Milwaukee Drivers Thousands

May 6, 2016
Michelle Maternowski

Has your car ended up in the shop after hitting a pothole on a Milwaukee road or highway? A Washington D.C. based transportation research group says that’s happened to quite a few drivers in Milwaukee. Bad roads cost the average Milwaukee driver more than $2,000 a year.

Those costs come in the form of repairs, wrecks, wasted gas, and time spent stuck in traffic. 

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Starting February 29, Milwaukee County Transit System passengers will no longer be able to purchase paper tickets. From then on, bus rides can only be bought with cash or M-Cards, reloadable electronic smart cards.

M-Cards have been available for sometime, but now Milwaukee is following the lead of other cities across the country in eliminating paper tickets. According to MCTS spokesman Brendon Conway, M-Cards will make life easier for riders and the transit system alike.   

Michelle Maternowski

Local roads across Wisconsin are in need of repair. Democratic state Sen. Jennifer Shilling recently called on GOP lawmakers to help fix the problem.

“The potholes on the streets that I drive on every week keep getting worse, and my city council says we don’t have any resources from the state to fix these roads for the next 18 years,” Shilling says.

City of Milwaukee leaders have found a temporary way to improve roads, though those leaders insist that ultimately, the state and federal governments will have to kick in more money.

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A year after officially launching, the Milwaukee bike share company, Bublr Bikes, has big plans for the future. The company’s distinctive blue bicycles can be rented at 11 locations now, but the company plans on having 50 locations by the end of 2016 and around 100 locations by 2018.

"It's been very exciting," says Bublr Bikes Executive Director Kevin Hardman. "A year ago, I was the only employee of the organization, and we now have two other full-time staff and an additional nine part-time staff."

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There are a lot of places to visit in Florida besides Disney World and Miami Beach. Try the Everglades, Cape Canaveral, Sanibel Island or the Keys. But there’s also a place way up north you might not be familiar with – Saint George Island in Appalachicola Bay.

"The panhandle of Florida is special – it has the feel of the old south the way the rest of Florida simply doesn’t have any more," says Traveler's Roundtable contributor and Drive magazine editor Rob Bundy.

Most Assembly Republicans want Wisconsin to mete out delays statewide and not spare the massive Zoo Interchange reconstruction project in Milwaukee.

On Monday, 33 of 63 GOP representatives put their demands in a letter Monday to Gov. Walker and Republican legislative leaders. The 33, who represent rural and out-state districts, say they want to rein in spending on transportation until the state has the money but want any resulting delays to affect all corners of Wisconsin.

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Marge Pitrof

State Republican leaders issued dueling press releases on Thursday, about their positions related to transportation funding in the next state budget.

Sen. Alberta Darling says will not retract her comment that Assembly leaders want to delay work on the Zoo Interchange, in order to pressure the state Senate to approve a hike in the gas tax or vehicle registration fees.

Wisconsin Speed Limit Starts Climbing to 70 MPH

Jun 15, 2015
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This week, highway crews across the state will post 70 mph speed limit signs to replace those that read 65 mph. The Legislature recently approved the bump in speeds on approximately 810 miles of Interstate. Most of the work - 470 new signs, should be done by Wednesday.

According to the DOT, the higher speed limit takes effect as soon as the sign is posted.

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As the fiscal year comes to a close, one of the biggest questions that remains is the fate of transportation funding.

Currently, the Wisconsin legislature has significant work to do with Governor Walker's proposed biennial budget, which plans to borrow hundreds of millions of dollars to pay for various highway projects. However, one program that this new budget affects especially are Wisconsin's transit programs. 

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The Milwaukee Fire Department says all passengers made it out of an Amtrak train after a fire in the locomotive.

First responders were notified of the fire in the passenger train just after noon Thursday on the city’s south side near E. Walker and S. Barclay streets. The train was coming from Chicago and headed to downtown Milwaukee.

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On May 1st, the Milwaukee County Transit System began visiting senior and community centers so more people could apply for a GO Pass.

The program launched March 31, 2015 and allows all Milwaukee County residents over age 64, and residents with disabilities as defined by the Federal Transit Administration, to ride the bus for free.

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There are a couple upcoming changes in the Milwaukee County Transit System. This week, seniors and people with disabilities can get free passes. Next week, some riders will face a new charge.

If you pay cash to ride the county bus, you pay $4.50 for a round trip. Right now, county residents who are 65 or older and people with disabilities pay half the regular fare.

But even that’s unaffordable for many, according to Milwaukee County Board Chairperson Marina Dimitrijevic.

Scott Feldstein

DOT Sec. Mark Gottlieb told the Legislature’s budget committee Wednesday that he understands Gov. Walker's desire to hold down taxes, by borrowing.

Wisconsin DOT

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has whittled down a pile of options to upgrade the freeway between 16th and 70th streets in the Milwaukee metro area.

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