Just this week, the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) moved forward on a budget item that would approve funding for I-94’s expansion in Milwaukee. This is an unfortunate decision that would lead to a 3.5 mile, $1.1B expansion of the highway that is a fiscal, social, and environmental mistake. It is the continuation of a decades […]Read more about "Update on I-94 and Transit – Continuing the irresponsible status quo."
Transportation advocates call for more action before the budget heads to Gov. Evers’ desk The Joint Finance Committee voted Tuesday night to move forward on transportation components of Wisconsin’s 2021-23 biennial budget. These elements include investments in Wisconsin’s local road and bridge repair, but the committee rejected Gov. Tony Evers’ proposals to increase public transit funding and […]Read more about "Proposed state transportation budget will unnecessarily expand I-94 and leave transit riders in the dust"
On April 15th, WisDOT decided to delay the I-94 project by a year to do additional outreach and update their traffic projections to incorporate post-pandemic transportation changes. This is a win for 1000 Friends and our coalition partners at CMRT who have been calling for a new environmental impact statement. Our efforts have included op-eds, local grassroots efforts, and meetings with federal officials. This […]Read more about "One Step Closer to Victory on I-94’s Expansion"
On March 16th, 1000 Friends and our coalition partners submitted a letter to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg calling for a new Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the I-94 East-West expansion. Our efforts have started to gain national attention as the Biden Administration has shown a shifting attitude on highway expansion. Last week, we […]Read more about "I-94 Expansion Continues to be an Environmental, Fiscal, and Social Mistake"
1000 Friends of Wisconsin was mentioned in Next City’s weekly roundup of newsworthy transportation developments: -see the full article Has the “freeway revolt” made a comeback? It appears the answer is yes, though the battleground has shifted. Now, it’s freeway widening that has drawn opposition from urban advocacy groups, many of whom argue, as a […]Read more about "In Three States, Pushback Against Freeway Widening"
WisDOT CLAIM vs. FACT – WisDOT CANNOT USE THESE FUNDS TO FIX LOCAL ROADS; WisDOT DOES NOT CONTROL TRANSIT FUNDING; THIS STRETCH OF HIGHWAY IS
USED BY COMMUTERS ACROSS THE MILWAUKEE REGION; A PROPER ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT (EIS) HAS BEEN COMPLETED; POST-PANDEMIC TRAFFIC HAS
REBOUNDED SO THIS EXPANSION IS NECESSARY; THE PUBLIC HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN THIS PROCESS.