Fighting over the railroad

The battle over the proposed Kenosha-Racine-Milwaukee commuter line is as much about the future of development as it is about construction of a railroad.

“We’re against it because of the cost to taxpayers,” said Dennis Kisley, a representative of the Racine Taxpayers Association. “KRM will end up being a nice subsidy to college students attending colleges along the route.”

The Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Transit Authority wants to apply for federal money for the $232.7 million, 33-mile commuter rail service. The RTA wants the federal government to cover $158 million, with the state paying up to $40 million and the local RTA borrowing $40 million.

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