Kenosha — Council Kills Expansion
Kenosha's City Council voted 14-1 on July 6 to officiallly kill the proposed PCC-operated, north-south streetcar extension, Kenosha News reports. The local share of the project will be redirected to the city's capital budget for street repairs. But there was audience disagreement about directing the $2.8 million to road work. Some said the city needs more buses to connect people to jobs.
The resolution passed rejects $8.1 million in Federal funding for the streetcar and would redirect $2.8 million in local funding to road repairs.
Len Brandrup, the city’s former transit director, urged the council not to vote to kill the streetcar.
He said he did not oppose the list of road repairs or the intent behind the resolution, however, “You need a distribution system in the core area of the city regardless of the project,” Brandrup said. He said the We Energies’ estimate that it would cost $5.5 million to relocate utilities for streetcar expansion put the mayor and council in a bind. That cost was key in the council’s opposition to expansion.
Brandrup said another concern was that turning down the federal funding now could adversely affect the city when applying in the future.