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Planning NOW for the future
of transportation in Wisconsin

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Connect 2050

What do you want our transportation system to look like in 2050?

What should we do between now and then to get there?

Wisconsin‘s transportation policy plan, Connect 2050, will answer those questions and many more.

This long-range plan will guide the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s decision-making about changes to and investments in our statewide system for the next approximately 30 years.

The plan will impact all types of transportation – from roads to ports to sidewalks – across our entire state.

Setting clear goals now is important as we figure out how best to support our economy, environment, and safe, efficient travel for everyone well into the future.

Let's Connect Wisconsin!

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Connect 2050

What do you want our transportation system to look like in 2050?

What should we do between now and then to get there?

Wisconsin‘s transportation policy plan, Connect 2050, will answer those questions and many more.

This long-range plan will guide the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s decision-making about changes to and investments in our statewide system for the next roughly 30 years.

The plan will impact all types of transportation – from roads to ports to sidewalks – across our entire state.

Setting clear goals now is important as we figure out how best to support our economy, environment, and safe, efficient travel for everyone well into the future.

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Wilfred Sykes ship in harbor
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Typical state highway in rural area
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WIS 42 as rural main street in northern Wisconsin
Urban intersection showing buses and pedestrians
Unlike a transportation project that is happening now or in the near future, a long-range plan guides decisions about many different projects that will be completed – and funded – years from now.

We know that the very people who use the system have valuable insights that can help us prioritize needs.

We need honest, representative feedback to build a shared vision for Wisconsin’s transportation future.

This is your opportunity to share your opinions and inform the use of future transportation dollars.
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Do you get to work by your vehicle, a bus, your feet or bike?
Does your job involve transporting people or goods?
Are you simply an interested or concerned Wisconsinite?

We want to hear from you!

So, what's our transportation system like now?

WisDOT plans, builds, maintains, or financially supports all these types of transportation, which make up Wisconsin's statewide network.

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Airports
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Ports, Harbors and Ferry
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Highways and Bridges
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Bicycles and Pedestrians
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Passenger Rail
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Freight Rail
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Transit
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Intercity Passenger Bus

Transportation in Wisconsin:

By the numbers

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15 million

Ports, Harbors and Ferry

$3 Billion
The approximate value of the more than 27 million tons of cargo Wisconsin’s commercial ports process annually.
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60%

Bicycles and Pedestrians

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10%
The percentage of total passenger trips in 2017 for which Wisconsinites biked or walked.
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875,000

Freight Rail

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$150 Billion
The approximate value of the 190 million tons of cargo that 11 Wisconsin freight rail companies moved in 2017.
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Our journey is just beginning!

We will be collecting input and developing the Connect 2050 plan through 2021.
During that time, we will provide continuous and varied ways for you to participate.
Subscribe for updates, check back here often, or follow us online to stay connected!
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Note: The Connect 2050 public involvement process that the Public Involvement Plan originally outlined has been updated to reflect the impacts of the COVID-19 virus. All proposed pop-up events have been cancelled; however, WisDOT will conduct virtual or in-person public meetings in accordance with state and local public health guidelines for group gatherings during this pandemic.

What are our overall goals?

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Economic Vitality

Maintain and improve the state’s transportation system so it is responsive to global and regional economic needs and changing conditions.

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Safety and Security

Create a system that is safe for all users, and agile in preventing, preparing for, and coordinating responses to any incident, whether natural or the result of human activity.

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Quality of Life and Natural Environment

Implement and manage a system that balances transportation needs with the natural environment and resource conservation.

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System Integration and Connectivity goal: Image showing vehicles boarding the Merrimac Ferry (Colsac III)

System Integration and Connectivity

Bring modes of transportation together to provide a properly integrated system.

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System Management

Utilize cost-effective preservation and maintenance techniques to maximize transportation investments.

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Connect 2050 toolkit

Help us drive participation! We encourage you to download the following materials so you can share information about the Connect 2050 plan. These resources are helpful for those who do not have access to the internet.

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View, share, download or print the following Connect 2050 project materials:
  • Connect 2050 overview PowerPoint presentation file
  • Connect 2050 plan overview and trends factsheets
  • Connect 2050 social media sharing resources
  • Connect 2050 survey (long and short versions) and comment form, returnable by U.S. mail or email)
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PowerPoint presentation (with talking points)
  • Interested in talking to your board, constituents or neighbors about Connect 2050? This presentation provides a brief overview of the plan and how to participate
  • Connect 2050 survey (long and short versions) and comment form, returnable by U.S. mail or email)
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We have suggested posts for ...
  • Community members
  • Business owners and representatives
  • Industry stakeholders
... to use on the following platforms:
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Email

Library of plans

Connect 2050 is the statewide, comprehensive, long-term plan that identifies what we want to accomplish.

Other types of plans that WisDOT develops identify how we will meet the goals and implement the policies outlined in the Connect 2050 plan.

We develop or collaborate with our transportation partners to develop the following four types of plans:

Modal plans, or plans for a specific mode of transportation
Operational plans, which guide how we carry out specific actions and activities
Regional and local plans (collaborating with transportation partners)
Wisconsin’s long-range, statewide multimodal transportation plan (which, this year, we're calling "Connect 2050")

Each type of plan has a specific purpose, but they all work together to shape Wisconsin’s entire transportation system.

A Note about the Plans

The Regional and Local Plans links below are categorized by WisDOT's five regions: North Central, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest.

The links will take you to the WisDOT website, where you can view the projects and studies in the listed region's counties and communities.