Ald. Bob Donovan
Press Release

Time for County Executive to urge reallocation of streetcar funds

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan September 11, 2013

By - Sep 11th, 2013 09:35 am

Today (attached) I asked County Executive Chris Abele to intervene in the downtown streetcar debacle, urging him to seek reallocation of the money for the project so it can truly benefit the people of Milwaukee County.

I am hoping the County Executive can convince our mayor to do the right thing (reallocation), especially when an overwhelming majority of county residents do not support the project.

In fact, a one-time key supporter of a city streetcar project – philanthropist Michael Cudahy – has called the mayor’s current planned trolley route “stupid.”

Ouch.
Also, late last week the federal government landed another blow to the trolley when it turned down the mayor’s request for a $26.5 million grant to expand the streetcar route.

Not only should County Executive Abele seek reallocation of the original funding for the project, he should also ask that any future funds for operating the streetcar be shifted to cover public safety costs, street repairs and other, more pressing needs in the city. We need more resources to fight violent crime and to protect our citizens; we do NOT need a fixed trolley that will serve a small downtown loop and will have more ghost riders than actual human riders.

Yes, the mayor truly believes that more than 1.15 million people will ride the streetcar each year! For that ridership to happen, every man, woman and child in Milwaukee would need to take a streetcar ride twice a year.

That is absolutely laughable and absurd!

Mayor and County Executive Abele: It is time to tackle the real issues affecting Milwaukee. It is also time to listen to our citizens – the people you are supposed to be working for.

Mentioned in This Press Release

Government:

Recent Press Releases by Ald. Bob Donovan - Page 4

Let’s get to the root of the problem

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan May 20, 2016

Offer of police substation laudable, but real problem remains scarcity of cops

Administration continues to pursue “magic bullets” that don’t exist

Milwaukee needs all hands on deck

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan May 6, 2016

Ald. Bob Donovan

Ald. Donovan to help dedicate memorial tree for late MPD officer

“As the longtime community liaison officer in District Six, Mark knew everyone and was well loved by businesses and residents in the community he served.”

Milwaukee auto theft epidemic out of control, sparking “street justice”

Ald. Donovan to hold Thursday news conference on near south side

Ald. Bob Donovan

Important New App Information from Alderman Bob Donovan

Milwaukee youth now have access to more than 200 after school programs and services at their fingertips

Skyrocketing auto thefts a symptom of larger issues

Ald. Donovan blames officer shortage, no pursuit policy and lenient courts

Barrett’s Chief of Staff misses mark (and has a short memory!)

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan October 29, 2015

Ald. Bob Donovan

Barrett Administration misleading public on fire department staffing

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan October 26, 2015

Ald. Bob Donovan

MFD brownouts diminish Milwaukee’s fire safety

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan October 22, 2015

MPD telecommunicators are scapegoats for poor policies, lack of management

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan October 5, 2015

Ald. Bob Donovan

The “Donut Effect” and Milwaukee’s suffocating poverty

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan September 17, 2015