Watch Wisconsin Public Television’s Zac Schultz report on the split in politics between cities and suburbs/rural areas.
Bus Bike Walk Wisconsin is intended to give users a one stop site for information on non-automotive transportation as well as provide information for advocates looking to promote better options for non-automotive users at the state and local level.
Recommendations for the Future. All of our data shows that we should rethink our investments in transportation. It’s time to focus on building a transportation system that is financially and environmentally sustainable, in addition to being multimodal and equitable for all users.
How is Wisconsin paying for these ongoing roadway expansions? Data from Wisconsin’s historical budget trends document shows that bond funding has increased by 83% since 1998. Over the last ten years, the state has borrowed over $4.5 billion to pad the transportation fund. Debt service has increased by a staggering 307% since 1998.
Transit ridership in Wisconsin has been a mixed-bag. Madison has seen ridership thrive, with 2011 hitting an all-time high. Milwaukee has seen ridership fall by over 10 million annually since 2009 due to substantial cuts in state aids. Ridership on other Wisconsin systems have remained fairly constant.