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Planning NOW for the future of transportation in Wisconsin

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Welcome to Connect 2050

Planning NOW for the future of transportation in Wisconsin

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We heard you, Wisconsin!

We asked, you answered!

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

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

Kicking off Connect 2050 engagement efforts last summer, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation asked Wisconsinites to help build a shared vision for our transportation future.

Thanks to your participation, we received comments and opinions from every geographic region of Wisconsin!

We are well on our way in the plan development process to establish Connect 2050 as the state’s roadmap for transportation policymaking. We will continue to collect and review your feedback as we develop the draft Connect 2050 plan.

We are well on our way in the plan development process to establish Connect 2050 as the state’s roadmap for transportation policymaking. We will continue to collect and review your feedback on the draft plan, so connect with us now!

Examples of what you said ...

“Electric Vehicles will be here in no time ... so prepare infrastructure to accommodate !!!"

“Priority needs to be placed on safety and infrastructure for people that bike, walk, use transit as it relates to fundamental transportation modes and not incidental to other modes.”

“Fixing and maintaining our roads and bridges are really vital to the economy.”

“Intercity passenger rail between the 3 largest urban centers of WI (Milwaukee, Madison and Green Bay) is of the highest priority for me.”

“Changing driver behavior to reduce distracted driving and improve attentiveness behind the wheel is critical to improving the safety and efficiency of our transportation system.”

"More alternatives to driving personal cars, like rail and bus service, that connects statewide to both rural and urban areas. Too many areas of the state are entirely car-dependent."

“Making sure that individuals in no-car or low-income areas have expanded access (locations and hours) to transportation to vital services (grocery stores, pharmacy, medical), workplaces/schools, and transportation centers.”

"Providing mobility options for people of all ages and abilities supports a happier, healthier, and more economically active & independent population.”

“100% in favor of exploring ways to increase funding from sources like commercial or heavy drivers, gas or emissions taxes, and tolls that target out of state drivers.”

“Shifting away from our reliance on fossil fuels and creating environmentally-conscious transportation systems that are effective and safe will be a critical area of development in the next quarter century.”

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Connect 2050 is Wisconsin's statewide, long-range transportation policy plan.

WisDOT periodically updates its statewide, long-range, multimodal plan. Connect 2050 sets a fresh vision and updates goals based on issues, trends, and public comments.

The plan will guide WisDOT’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.

This is your opportunity to share your opinions and inform the use of future transportation dollars.
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 need honest, representative feedback to build a shared vision for Wisconsin’s transportation future.

We know that the very people who regularly use Wisconsin's transportation system have valuable insights that can help us prioritize needs.

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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!

Vision and Focus Areas

Connect 2050 Vision

WisDOT envisions an integrated, multimodal transportation system that maximizes the safe and efficient movement of people and products throughout the state, enhancing economic productivity and the quality of Wisconsin’s communities while minimizing impacts to the natural environment.

Connect 2050 fOCUS aREAS

Economic Vitality

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

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.

Quality of Life and Natural Environment

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

System Integration and Connectivity

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

System Management

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

Guiding Principles

The following guiding principles are the core of WisDOT’s planning process. These guiding principles are the values that drove the Connect 2050 planning process:

Implement and maintain a safe and efficient statewide multimodal transportation system that provides affordable, accessible, and equitable transportation choices to all people.

Ensure that no person is excluded from, participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise subjected to discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, sex, age, religion, income status or limited English proficiency in any and all programs, activities or services administered by WisDOT.

Embrace a cooperative, continuing, comprehensive planning process.

Accessibility, equity, safety and inclusivity are some of the guiding principles behind the Connect 2050 plan

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

We know that the very people who regularly use Wisconsin's transportation system have valuable insights that can help us prioritize needs.

A completion check mark.
Summer / Fall 2020
  • Released online survey

  • Launched website

  • Launched virtual open house

  • Held stakeholder webinars

A completion check mark.
WINTER 2020 / SPRING 2021
  • Summarized public comments

  • Developed draft plan

  • Met internally at WisDOT

  • Engaged MPOs, tribes and advisory committees

Winter-Summer 2021
  • Release draft plan for public review

  • Review public comments on draft plan

  • Revise draft plan as needed

Fall 2021 (Final Phase)
  • Adopt final plan

  • Publish final Connect 2050 plan

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