MADISON - Wisconsin state Senator Judy Robson puts a different face on the riders who might be using high-speed rail service. The Beloit Democrat thinks seniors and the disabled with find the train service a sensible and convenient traveling option.
Work on the line could start this year. Robson says there are some elderly and disabled people who can't travel between Wisconsin's two largest cities, Madison and Milwaukee. Using more than $800 million in federal stimulus funds, upgrades to the tracks and trains should allow the locomotives to reach speeds of 110 miles an hour by 2015. Tickets are expected to cost $33.
Republican opponents have criticized the high-speed rail as an expensive option that won't be used and will have to be heavily subsidized by taxes.