Ald. Tony Zielinski
Press Release

Opposition to streetcar gains stronger foothold

Statement of Alderman Tony Zielinski August 14, 2019

By - Aug 14th, 2019 03:46 pm

The newly elected Alderman of the 13th District (who won the special election yesterday – August 13th) – and his opponent – ran on a position of being opposed to the expansion of the streetcar.

In fact, every candidate who ran for the open 13th District seat ran as being opposed to the streetcar expansion. Each knew full well they wouldn’t have a chance of being elected had they not been opposed to expanding the streetcar!

To me this reveals the immensely strong opposition to the streetcar expansion that exists broadly across the city. The average citizen sees the streetcar for the boondoggle that it is.

The mayor loves touting how many “rides” the streetcar is experiencing this summer, but you won’t see him releasing any polling numbers showing how average Milwaukeeans truly view the streetcar. Those numbers wouldn’t look so great for the mayor.

The election in the 13th District just puts a spotlight on the evidence of opposition among citizens to the streetcar, and with the former incumbent in the 13th District now retired (and his successor in place) the Common Council has gained yet another streetcar expansion opponent.

I’d say the mayor’s expansion plans for the streetcar are now on very shaky ground.

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2 thoughts on “Opposition to streetcar gains stronger foothold”

  1. Gregg Mulry says:

    It is not a boondoggle. It is a great asset.

  2. Thomas Martinsen says:

    There are people who apparently love to hate THE HOP. I suspect that they could lose that love to hate if they took a ride on it. That ride is smooth and relatively quiet. It takes you to a variety of interesting places for free. Expansion of the route could make it central to travel plans throughout the city. Expanded ridership of THE HOP could reduce car traffic congestion. It could become a primary means of transportation for many urban residents. Haters of the HOP are mostly generic haters: listeners to Rush Limbaugh and his ilk – malcontents who get thrills by deriding those who want to make life better for more people. .

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