Kenosha Transit Commission Director Ron Iwen told local media concerns about traffic jams and congestion are misplaced because "mass transit hauls more people faster than cars. At Bradford High School, it took 68 seconds to dump 70 students. This will not cause congestion."
Iwen added, "We have six or seven parking lots in the city which are underutilized. We are working to educate the public on where the parking lots are with the new signage that's coming."
Iwen also said the Kenosha Area Business Alliance conducted a survey showing 92% of the business owners want the added streetcar loop. br>
The proposed expansion will be voted on by the city's Committee of the Whole Nov. 27, and if it passed it will be submitted for final approval, along with the full budget and Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), in front of the Common Council the next day.
The line, about 1.7 miles in length, uses rehabilitated PCC streetcars to connect with Chicagoland's Metra service. It opened for service in June 2000.