A few years ago I wrote this piece for the Milwaukee Journal Crossroads section about the myriad consequences of the blockade by the suburbs put in front of Milwaukee-based light rail:
Had plans unfolded on schedule, the starter light rail, with an estimated 21,000 riders on weekdays, would have opened in 2006 and run about 10 miles from the Third Ward to Summerfest, downtown, Miller Park, the Milwaukee County Zoo and the County Grounds.
Talk about a missed opportunity...
The system would have benefited from the city's condo-and-loft boom, a resurgent Milwaukee Brewers' ballclub, the successful Potawatomi Bingo Casino and an expanding Milwaukee Regional Medical Center.
Extensions to Milwaukee's north side and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee would have generated support, and light rail could have assisted Waukesha County commuters because years of Zoo Interchange and I-94 reconstruction are planned west of Milwaukee.Hard to miss the echoes to this story about relocating a proposed light rail stop in the Denver area to spur added development:
By putting it farther north on Fitzsimons Parkway, the city could develop the area around the new station with commercial, residential and office space, Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan said.
"It presents an opportunity for additional transit-oriented development," Hogan said. "It presents an opportunity for perhaps another hotel and restaurant...."
The new proposed stop at the northern edge of the medical campus would be the first light-rail stop heading south for the East Line from Denver International Airport after making a connection at Peoria Station, making it an attractive place for travelers to stay, Hogan said.