A company called Carticulate has created a theoretical Milwaukee subway map and I'm ready to start building!
Unlike the prospect of taking the bus, which would be unworkable for me based on my complicated daily routine, I'm ready to hop on the blue line near my home and take the kids to school across town quickly without even having to change trains.
Then, I can hop back on the blue line or even a yellow train and be at work in mere minutes. I can do the reverse at the end of the day and, voila, the car has never left the garage. Heck, maybe I'll even sell the car!
Trying to make the same moves on the bus would lead to hours of riding and transferring.
The map may be only theoretical, but it's clearly well-thought-out, covering pretty much the entire city in a pretty logical and useful way. (I would argue, however, that the blue line ought to stop at the North Avenue station served by the yellow line, too.)
OK, Milwaukee, put that streetcar thingy on hold and build this instead!
Instead of building dozens of trains in enormous underground tunnels we dig all over the city, can we first open up the transportation market? Taxi medallions cost 100,000 and they're all owned by the same family (of the County Supervisor) the Sanfelippos. Milwaukee is the ONLY city I've ever been to where you have to wait for a taxi at the airport.
Anyone listing traffic as a concern here has apparently never been to a real city before
@sarah, When in NYC coming from uptown taking the 1/9 train downtown to lets say Canal st, can take up to an hour and a half with only 1 transfer( maybe 45 minutes if you catch the express). That same trip on the west side highway via cab is about 20 minutes. Granted this is not during morning or evening rush hours when the train might make sense, but Milwaukee's traffic isnt even close to Manhattans.
Bobby Tanzilo | Jan. 15, 2013 at 8:01 a.m. (report)
The bus requires multiple transfers, stops at every red light and most bus stops, gets stuck in traffic. The subway as drawn yes, I understand it will never happen here but, ah, perchance to dream would be a single route, no transfers, no traffic, quick station stops. The subway might be somewhat faster or somewhat slower than driving but would be a whole lot cheaper than the cost of gas plus the cost of downtown parking.
Milwaukee has one of the most extensive bus systems in the US. Of course Subways are awesome: trains come every few minutes and avoid traffic. But we missed this train many years ago. Too late to add a subway system to our city. At a cost in the BILLIONS to tunnel all over the city, it will never happen. I agree with the previous commentor that public transportation is where it's at, but as a smaller established city, we need to be happy with the buses we have and stop wasting time/money on ideas like subways and street cars.
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