John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
With all of the talk going on about widening I-94, what about bringing in the KRM rail service to our area? With the price of gasoline being so high, and our highways being overcrowed and worn down, now is the time for more mass transportation in our area. Imagine being able to take the train to the Green Bay Packer game without having to drive there. The fewer cars on the road mean safe highways for the rest of the drivers. Imagine being able to go to Madison, Wisconsin and see the State Capitol Building, see the University of Wisconsin and attend sporting events there. Imagine also if the train was extended to Wisconsin Dells and to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. There are many elderly and disabled people not able to drive to these locations. It would be a blessing to them to be able to travel safely in comfort. In the early years we had mass rail throughout Wisconsin. I feel that if we opened up the railroad system to more people, we could save both gasoline and wear and tear on our roads. Think about the possibilities of having affordable mass transportation available for all people. There would be fewer accidents on the highway. There would be fewer drunk drivers on the road. With alternate fuel systems, mass transportation is very possible. Ethanol, refined methane gas and natural gas and hydrogen fuels are some of the alternate fuels.
Manure could be refined and used as an endless supply of methane gas to power generators and auto engines. This could mean fewer emissions for our atmosphere. Next time you hear about highway expansion, consider the possibility of mass rail transportation to replace some of the cars that drive on the highway. Sometimes the old ways are better than modern ideas. Talk to your local political representative
and ask about rail service as an alternate to expansion of our highway system. You be the judge on this matter.