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The state’s multimodal transportation system is key to our mobility, economy and overall quality of life. How do you use transportation? Help provide a vision for transportation in Wisconsin. Take a moment to submit a comment that tells us how transportation moves you.
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"I am a young Wisconsinite. I hate relying on a car and there is mounting evidence that my generation, as a whole, conquers. Cars are expensive to own, maintain and insure. In addition, the infrastructure of roads and highways upon which we drive is becoming increasingly more expensive to taxpayers. I fear that Wisconsin is stuck in the past, while many other states move to evolve their transportation systems to be more sustainable and less reliant on automobiles. Currently, it would be impossible for me to efficiently connect from my home to work to school without a car. The little public transit that does exist in Wisconsin is comical compared with other states. I fear that my home state will become less appealing to my generation and subsequent generations unless we make take initiative to invest in public transit."
"Para transit is the only way I am able to leave my home. But I can only travel within my county. We need to get the rail service in this state. The worst thing the governor did was give back all that money we had for the rail between MN and IL. With a train service I would be able to visit the south end to the north end of the state. What a wonderful way to get around. Quit wasting gas on all those inefficient cars and lets get the train in Wisconsin."
"I walk, first. I ride my bike as much as I can. I drive my car. My commute is 49 miles each way, all rural miles. I am a town board supervisor and fellow supervisors express incredulity that I bike on the roads I do. Transportation spending in Wisconsin is lopsided in favor of autos but revenue to support complete streets is lacking. I am willing to pay up to $50 annually to renew my driver's license. I encourage DOT to seriously consider annual driver's license renewals with annual written tests and driving tests every other year. When new improvements are made, roundabouts for instance, drivers would have an opportunity to demonstrate how to use them with proper signaling and everything. I encourage the DOT to stop sending bike/ped funding back to the feds. State Road 188 in Columbia County is designated a bicycle route yet it lacks shoulders, let alone paved shoulders, and, as recent fatalities show, it does not meet the specifications for a minor arterial or major collector even. Last year's bike/ped rescission would have made significant improvements on this little state road. Driving is a privilege, not a right. Access is a right. Roads without buses restrict and limit access and, as such, violate our rights under Title VI and the ADA. Collect more fees more often and spend money more wisely."
"Where do you start when talking about Wisconsin's bad transportation policies...first I will start by saying if you want more money spend the money you have now more wisely. Spending money to expand every road to have bike lanes is not cost effective or safe. Do we really need bike lanes AND a utility path. If you want a bike lane success story look at the bike lanes between St. Germain and Boulder Junction up north. The bike lanes are heavily used by people of ALL ages. And the bike trails are safe. If the existing roads would have been expanded with bike lanes you would not have the same heavy usage and it would be unsafe for all but experienced bikers. Wake up Transportation Engineers...this isn't that hard...And speaking of engineering...why can't you build a road that can last longer that 15-20 years and then needs resurfacing...I have not seen any changes that increase the longevity of the pavement. The section of I-94 between Madison and Portage is a good example...the parts that they replaces a few years ago are already showing signs of failing. And when it comes to mass transit can't we look at something different than a train? Trains were good in 1930 but there has to be something better by now. What about monorail or a true high speed train like in Europe. I'm sick of hearing about the same old ideas. DOT hired so many consultants they can't think for them self's and now we pay cost plus for anything we do...I see no leadership at the DOT and they will continue to waste our money until it's all in the hands of the consultants or contractors. And do not raise the registration fees...and if you do it should be like property taxes...if you own a more expensive car you should pay a higher registration fee...Here is a test...should we fill some pot holes or expand our expensive pavements to build more bike lanes on heavily traveled roads for a few elite bikers who can safely use the road maybe 8 months a year...hmmmm??"
"Transportation needs to consolidate a few things...As a taxpayer I have to pay for a school bus system and a local bus system and a city transportation for the disabled and aged and a county transportation of the disabled and aged...All these should be combined so the administration would be reduced and why couldn't I use a school bus to get to work...it goes right past my house...why couldn't these regional transportation systems then make it possible to drop me off at the end of one transportation system and then be picked up by other system when you wanted to travel between cities."
"As you state above Wisconsin ‘multimodal transportation system is key to mobility, ECONOMY, and overall quality of life’. However, the failing and diminishing rail service in the Northwoods of Wisconsin is in need of significant attention to support many of the region's economic activities. What is WisDOT doing to see that this critical mode of cost effective transportation will be maintained??"
"Could save transportation dollars by not installing the emergency ramp gates. They are rarely used. Done [my] own investigation and suggest using barricades or have law enforcement use tape. Could save transportation dollars and use the money saved for another project by not installing the 0.10 mileage markers in the median. The mile markers on the right hand side are ok but 0.10 markers are overkill and difficult to see if you are in the right lane."
"Best example of why we have a problem – look at how WisDOT is planning to rebuild I-94 through the veterans cemetery in Milwaukee. Double-decked freeway, most expensive option there is. How can you get more people through that bottleneck with fewer dollars? Buy a bus for people to ride during rush hour, Brewers games, etc. Stop assuming the only way to increase capacity is new lanes – public transportation is cheaper, and increased capacity only induces demand, leaving us at the same spot down the road."
"We live off of a 2- lane road in Waukesha county, Hwy TT. There is a proposed expansion to 4 lanes for this road. This road has not had any improvements done in the past 25 years. Thousands of dollars have been spent on traffic studies and environmental impacts from this proposal. The average time saved by this improvement would be 3-4 minutes versus a cost of 40 million dollars. No wonder why we have such a big budget shortfall, let's look at a more reasonable road improvement. This big 4 lane proposal is overkill. We can make better decisions. Why wouldn't these big engineering firms recommend big projects that is how they make money. Let's look at all alternatives and do what is right for the people."
"I commute to work daily with a personal vehicle. My trip is 16 miles one way. I need a safe, dependable and reliable system. I currently avoid using IH 94 in rush hours. My trip time to work is not predictable on the interstate due to congestion and not current construction. I am glad that I no longer work in downtown Milwaukee because of 45 minutes travel time each way. It is not fun spending time in idling or stop and go traffic. I did that for 3 years it was bad. The east-west freeway needs a permanent upgrade. Those recent fixes help but these are in no way a long term solution. Wisconsin needs to upgrade the freeway system and in particular the Milwaukee freeway."
"As an advocate for older adults and their caregivers, I cannot stress enough the impact transportation options has for older adults and their families. Transportation options, including transit, specialized and wheelchair accessible transportation, and pedestrian routes, make it possible for older adults to remain in their communities, remain active, civically engaged, employed, and a contributing part of the local economy. Small investments can make a huge difference for someone who is older whether it is bus shelters, more frequent bus routes, accessible transportation options, painted crosswalks, pedestrian islands, high visibility signs, or other safety improvements that benefit all road users. In order to fully coordinate transportation systems, it is necessary for all transportation programs to continue to be funded from the segregated transportation fund. The emphasis needs to continue to be on mobility connections that are planned through long-range comprehensive planning of this dedicated funding source. Enhancements like pedestrian facilities and transit are economic multipliers; they add significant value to the existing road systems in the communities that make these investments. The growth in the percentage of older persons in the state coupled with the research showing that we outlive our driving ability by 7-10 years points to the need for alternatives to the single occupancy vehicle. Making communities accessible through housing and land use planning, mobility options as well as road investments will not only strengthen the economy in WI, but will make it a place people want to live and grow old."
“Just wanted to pass along a comment that Secretary Gottlieb's presentation this morning on ‘Transportation Moves Wisconsin’ and on the budget challenges ahead for the Department's budget was informative, even if a bit alarming (as to those future challenges). I think all in attendance, from those with very pointed interest in the subject, to those with more a general public interest, came away with a better understanding of the bigger issues and hurdles to be faced. While the Eau Claire area might be outside of the heaviest population and transportation centers of the state, it is not isolated from concerns about all of the issues discussed – whether automobile and truck, air, rail, or other public transportation. It is good to have the Secretary bringing this information out to many communities like ours throughout the state.”
“I use the bus every weekday to get to work. Otherwise, I try to use my bike to get around Racine. I try to use my car as little as possible. I don't like driving anymore.”
“I read the article regarding the shortfall in dollars that the transportation department is having, and some of the shortfall is because vehicles are getting better fuel economy, and the state gas tax has not been raised in several years. Well, gas prices directly affect the economy, the higher they go, the less people spend, and naturally the opposite. A few years ago, there was a study I read about, that said that $3.50 per gallon was the economic benchmark. As prices rose above that, people spent less on restaurants and other unnecessary things, Below that, and the lower it went, people went out and spent more. I don't know what's so hard to understand about that. Seems pretty simple to me. So I would suggest you find other ways to get a penny or two, ways that would also include the tourists that drive thru our state, many of which try and avoid as much as possible buying gas in this state. When my wife and leave for Florida, I'll work it so I don't have to buy gas in the southern part of the state, but can still make it around Chicago and into Indiana. Most of the time I save money. People buy milk once a week, and probably don't notice if it goes up or down a couple of cents. But they'll drive a mile or two to get gas 2 cents cheaper. Why? Because it's staring them in the face every day, and it's a big shock to fill up, $50 and up. Find other ways, and at the same time lower the gas tax by 2 cents, and I bet you see in a relatively short time an increase. I've sold Class 8 semi tractors all my working life. You should pool those guys. They leave with less than 1/2 tanks, and fill up elsewhere.”
“The northern portion of WI needs a return of full freight rail service in order to retain our current businesses and grow/attract more for the future. Since CN purchased Wisconsin Central rail lines in 2001, many miles of rail lines have been put out-of-service. There is no longer a connected network of lines in northern WI to haul logs, lumber and other commodities efficiently by rail, so now many more truck miles are needed to move these goods. This is increasing wear on the highways which will increase maintenance costs and the potential for truck collisions with our residents and visitors. It also adds to the cost of doing business when forest products are trucked long distances versus less expensive rail. Please increase funding for the FRPP and FRAP and do everything in your power to encourage CN to work with NRTC and other groups to ID and grow rail business. Another priority item would be to upgrade the lowest weight bridges to allow more overweight permits for hauling forest products. Thank you.”
“We have a family member in the assisted living facility in Beloit Wisconsin. Our uncle is wheelchair bound and needs special transpiration for anything outside of the assisted living facility. We try our best to use our own cars to transport him but do to his size and needs it can be next to impossible because we don’t have or can afford specialized vehicles. Before I voice my frustrations, I would like to add that the ability to freely travel for a disabled person is important for their; self-autonomy, mental health and sense of independence. The inability to leave your home or residence center, I have seen in my uncle, as a foundation for depression and dependence. Nobody likes to be stuck at home day after day and only allowed out once a year for your birthday or as needed for doctor appointments. We would love to be able to take him to lunch or a movie or have him visit our home like any other free moving person can, without the restrictions currently in place. At the moment local transpiration programs will only work with in Wisconsin and will not travel to Illinois (where we live, just over the border of Wisconsin) or if they do they cannot transport after 4 to 5 p.m. or weekends. We work Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 5p.m. this makes it very hard. For our wedding we paid out of our own pocket for a company in Rockford to pick him up so he could spend the day with us. We want him to visit our home, to take him out after work, or a weekend but it is next to impossible due to the way things are written at the moment and because of how expensive it is for us out of pocket. Money aside (because social security will also not pay for any outing aside from medical needs transport which is another issue) the policies in place at the moment are not realistic. It makes is harder for families to spend time with family members who are disabled [and] live in an assisted living facility or to have them attend family gatherings. In behalf of my family and our uncle, please make it easier for transportation to happen for them after work hours and on weekends. Please make it easier for us to access services after work hours and weekends and for those providers to get adequate compensation. Please make it possible for social security to pay for two or more outings not medically related to during a year. Please make it easier for families to go on line or have a place to access information about transportation so that we can self-advocate and know how to better use services that are provided. Thank you so much for trying to make this easier.”
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