transportation

Mary Spicuzza ‏/ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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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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.

Bob Bach

Wisconsin transportation officials are eyeing ways to raise $750 million over the next two years. Possibilities include higher prices at the gas pump and new fees on vehicle purchases. Gov. Walker and GOP leaders have been cool to the idea of new taxes, so it’s unclear what might happen with the DOT plan.

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A referendum on November's ballot will let voters decide whether to require Wisconsin to spend all transportation revenue on transportation projects.

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Wisconsin may have to plug a $700 million shortfall in its next transportation budget.

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The gas crisis of the 1970s led many Americans to start valuing fuel efficiency, and auto makers to respond. Lots of things were tried – smaller engines, smaller cars, turbos, the gear known as overdrive. But when gas prices dropped again in the ‘90s, cars – and SUVs – got bigger again.

Marti Mikkelson

With fall approaching, local lawmakers will be crafting their budgets for the coming year.

Bob Bach

The state is projecting a huge deficit in the budget that pays for highways, local roads and public transit.

During 2013, Americans took 10.7 billion trips via public transit, but bus ridership is down in some Wisconsin communities, including Milwaukee.

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A new program is helping some Milwaukeeans who struggle to get financing get a car loan - to help them get to work.

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Many of Milwaukee's poorest residents are dealing with a double-whammy when it comes to access to employment: poverty and suspended driving privileges.

Wisconsin expects its heaviest traffic today, tomorrow, Wednesday and the Sunday after Thanksgiving, because of the holiday and the deer hunt.

This summer, the news came out that the for-profit, Texas-based MV Transportation was the chosen bidder to operate the Milwaukee County Transit System.

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