An Assembly committee just passed a regional transit authority for southeastern Wisconsin. The proposal passed on a 8-2 vote and now heads to the Joint Committee on Finance for a public hearing and then to the full Assembly for approval. If it passes, the proposal will move to the Senate, where just a few weeks ago its prospects were dim.
The state needs to pass an RTA for southeastern Wisconsin in order to extend commuter rail from Kenosha to Milwaukee. The federal government could award up to $250 million to create the KRM rail line, but the application will require a strong public transit component to get approved.
Here's the J-S story on the vote. And, the Daily Reporter interviews Robin Vos, who isn't happy.
More as reports come in ...
Transit Now, the organization lobbying for KRM and the RTA, is happy about the committee vote, which included support from one Republican.
Here's one blogger's preview story of the Assembly committee's vote.