BARRETT: We had this type of debate when we started the Hiawatha several years ago, and what we've seen is an increase in ridership between Chicago and Milwaukee. I think the same thing will occur with the ridership between Milwaukee and Madison.
Q [to Walker]: You've pledged to "stop this train." How?
WALKER: The bottom line is the train is something we don't want and can't afford, $810 million in a so-called high speed train line between Milwaukee and Madison. The system will provide, by their own numbers, a mere 55 permanent jobs. To me, spending more than $14.5 million per job is not a good use of the taxpayer's money. We can stop it by stopping the contracts. My next step would be to go to our congressional delegation to change those funds, so we can spend them to fix our crumbling roads and bridges right here in Wisconsin.
BARRETT: We had this type of debate when we started the Hiawatha several years ago, and what we've seen is an increase in ridership between Chicago and Milwaukee. I think the same thing will occur with the ridership between Milwaukee and Madison, and bear in mind, this is really about Chicago and the Twin Cities, where Wisconsin is the major beneficiary of a high speed rail line. I do believe there will be economic growth, I do think it'll support the ridership, and it's important to note that Scott Walker [pledged to] stop this train. I think he could stop this train. Do I think there will be cost overruns? No, because I'll make sure there are not, just like I made sure there weren't when we had the rehabilitation of City Hall.
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