MILWAUKEE -- People in the Milwaukee region have no love for the streetcar project. A new Marquette University Law School poll finds that by a two to one margin, people think the streetcar is a bad deal.
City of Milwaukee or the suburbs -- it doesn't matter. In the first public poll conducted on the streetcar, people are overwhelmingly opposed to it. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says they'll change their mind.
Support is no better when you look at only the City of Milwaukee, where some aldermen say the streetcar will be a permanent drain.
"The mayor is telling people in the community, ah this is a tough budget, next year's gonna be even worse we've got to tighten our belt -- and still he's moving forward with the streetcar," said Milwaukee Alderman Tony Zielinski.
Mayor Tom Barrett was not happy with how Marquette asked its streetcar question; it didn't mention federal money that's paying for the majority of construction costs, or that rides will be free for a year under a deal with Potawatomi.
"Unlike other projects, we've got the bulk of it paid for by sources outside of city government and I think if people understood that, I think there would be a different reaction," Barrett said.
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