Commuter rail to Milwaukee has fans, ...

Commuter rail to Milwaukee has fans, lacks funds

There are 2 comments on the Planning story from Jul 9, 2008, titled Commuter rail to Milwaukee has fans, lacks funds. In it, Planning reports that:

Three times a week, Deanna Ver Steeg begins her commute shortly after 6:30 a.m. She takes a Metra train from Chicago to Kenosha, then boards a large van that takes her and other co-workers to Racine.

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Kenosha Resident

Milwaukee, WI

#1 Jul 10, 2008
- Excerpt from the article: "But the train is stuck at the station because Wisconsin lawmakers can't agree on how to pay for it. It would cost about $11 million a year to operate and maintain the system, with fares covering less than half of that amount..."
WITH FARES COVERING LESS THAN HALF OF THAT AMOUNT?
#1 Let's wait until the DEMAND is high enough that the people benefiting from the train are paying for it. WOULD YOU START A BUSINESS KNOWING IT LOST MONEY EVERY YEAR? Why should government? On the surface it's a "NICE IDEA", I would probably even ride it, if it were here rather than paying for gas and parking, but there is a difference between "NICE IDEA" and "MAKES FINANCIAL SENSE" That's why were are SUPPOSED to be a capitalist economic system, and not a socialist system.
Donna

Round Lake, IL

#2 Jan 16, 2009
I live in Illinois and work in Racine, Wi and I sure wish there was a train you could take from Waukegan to Racine everyday. I'd pay to take it
especially this Winter. I've missed a lot of work due to bad weather because the roads were just to bad to travel on. They have a railroad track right on Durand road on the west side of Green Bay Road, but so far all I've seen on it is Amtrak and freight trains. Keep it in mind!

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