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Issue Position: Transportation

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Building the Transportation Infrastructure of the 21st Century

Tom Barrett understands that maintaining Wisconsin's transportation infrastructure must be a priority in order to get Wisconsin working.

Tom supports a balanced approach to transportation that invests in our roads, as well as public transportation initiatives that will help spur long-term economic growth.

As Mayor of Milwaukee, Tom has made a commitment to capital roadway projects by increasing funding by 63% since he took office. Tom also supported key road infrastructure reconstruction projects, such as the Marquette Interchange, the Zoo Interchange, and the rebuild of the I-94 North-South Corridor between the Illinois state line and Mitchell Field.

As governor, Tom will continue to support investments to fix our roads, bridges, and other key infrastructure in need of repair.

Tom also supports new rail infrastructure projects that have been proven to succeed in Wisconsin. The Hiawatha service between Milwaukee and Chicago, for example, has grown by an additional 55,000 riders per year between 2004 and 2009. A new high-speed rail line between Milwaukee and Madison as part of a larger link between Chicago and the Twin Cities is projected to establish an economic corridor across Wisconsin, helping local communities, as well as creating thousands of construction jobs. Talgo, a global manufacturer of passenger locomotives, decided to locate its North American assembly and maintenance facility in Milwaukee to build trains for Wisconsin, Oregon and potentially more states, creating 125 immediate jobs as well as anchoring up to 1,000 new jobs. These are just some of the reasons why business leaders, local communities, Republicans, such as former Governor Tommy Thompson, and many more are excited by the prospects of high speed rail.

As governor, Tom will fight to build the balanced transportation infrastructure of the 21st century for Wisconsin while having an open and honest conversation about how we will pay for these projects.


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