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Transportation

Play videoPlay video message from about Connect 2050 from Craig Thompson, Secretary-Designee of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation
View message about Connect 2050 from Craig Thompson, Secretary-Designee of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

Welcome!

We hope the information contained here will help you learn about the Connect 2050 statewide transportation plan, process, and your own priorities for our transportation future.

Thank you for your participation!
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02

What should I know about Connect 2050?

WisDOT periodically updates its statewide, long-range, multimodal plan – this year called Connect 2050 – with a fresh vision and renewed goals based on current and future socio-economic issues and trends.

"Statewide"

The Connect 2050 vision and goals guide WisDOT's decision-making for the state of Wisconsin

"Long-Range"

The Connect 2050 plan will look ahead up to 30 years

"Multimodal"

The plan impacts the whole transportation system – cars, roads and highways, yes, but also transit, biking, walking, rail, aviation and water transport

The plan will help decision-makers make improvements to and investments in all types of transportation in our system – from roads to ports to sidewalks – throughout Wisconsin for the next roughly 30 years.
In addition to public input, we will also coordinate with tribes, metropolitan planning organizations and regional planning commissions and consider recommended policies from WisDOT’s system, modal, corridor and/or project plans.
We will follow federal and state requirements during the Connect 2050 public outreach, development, and publishing phases.
03

How will the Connect 2050 process unfold?

Our journey is just beginning! WisDOT will be developing the Connect 2050 plan in four phases through 2021.
Throughout development, we will continue to offer webinars and virtual meetings, and we will be accepting comments and survey submissions through the release of the final plan.
Summer/Fall 2020

Assess state of current transportation system, review trends, and get public input on transportation priorities.

Winter 2020/2021

Prepare draft plan and get public input through online and in-person events.

Spring 2021

Update draft Connect 2050 plan based on public and stakeholder feedback, and provide a 30-day public comment period.

Summer 2021

Release the final Connect 2050 plan.

A note about COVID-19
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, we will conduct virtual or in-person public meetings in accordance with state and local public health guidelines for group gatherings during this pandemic.
04

What does Connect 2050 aim to achieve?

Connect 2050 has five primary goals: Economic Vitality, Safety and Security, Quality of Life and Natural Environment, System Integration and Connectivity, and System Management.
Economic Vitality icon
Connect 2050 Goal:
Economic Vitality
Maintain and improve the state’s transportation system so it is responsive to global and regional economic needs and changing conditions.
What are we doing now? Some Examples
Our Harbor Assistance Program helps fund projects within communities along the Great Lakes and Mississippi River that maintain and improve the shipping, port and waterway resources that support our economy.
Industry representatives on the Freight Advisory Committee keep WisDOT informed about issues that affect freight access, mobility and viable transport from, to and within Wisconsin.
WisDOT manages and implements freeway reconstruction and other highway projects, supporting the movement of people and goods throughout Wisconsin.
Connect 2050 Goal:
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.
What are we doing now? Some Examples
Centerline rumble strips have been shown to reduce head-on fatal and injury crashes by 44% on rural two-lane roads and 64% on similar urban two-lane roads.
Shoulder rumble strips help reduce fatal and injury lane-departure crashes by up to 29% by alerting drivers when they move outside the driving lane.
Replacing traditional intersections with roundabouts where warranted reduces severe injury crashes while also reducing traffic delays.
As of 2019, Wisconsin had constructed 427 roundabouts, 162 of which are in rural areas and 246 in urban areas.
The Wisconsin Highway Safety Improvement Program funds safety projects across the state such as intersection improvements, addressing sight distance problems, eliminating roadside obstacles, and installing guardrails and barriers. The program, which also has a subprogram that focuses on high-crash-risk rural roads, aims to reduce the number and severity of crashes on all streets and highways.
Connect 2050 Goal:
Quality of Life and Natural Environment
Implement and manage a system that balances transportation needs with the natural environment and resource conservation.
What are we doing now? Some Examples
Since beginning the Wetland Mitigation Program in 1993, WisDOT projects have restored about 5,808 acres of wetlands in the state.
The health and safety of Wisconsin residents is WisDOT's priority; therefore, each time we update our Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, we analyze air quality using applicable state and federal regulations.
To help protect threatened and endangered species habitats, WisDOT seeds approximately 75 acres of land with native, flowering seed mixes each year.
Connect 2050 Goal:
System Integration and Connectivity
Bring modes of transportation together to provide a properly integrated system.
What are we doing now? Some Examples
WisDOT financially supports the Hiawatha rail service between Chicago and Milwaukee. Hiawatha, the busiest route in the Midwest, served a record 880,000 passengers in 2019.
A new Amtrak Thruway I-41 Bus Service connects with the Hiawatha service in Milwaukee, and provides two daily round-trip buses between Green Bay and Milwaukee with stops in Appleton, Oshkosh and Fond du Lac.
WisDOT's Freight Railroad Infrastructure Improvement Program, or FRIIP, provides loans for rail projects that connect industry to the national rail program, enhance the safe and efficient movement of freight, rehabilitate lines, and help develop the economy.
Since 1992, we've awarded $128 million in FRIIP loans. New for 2021, intermodal facility improvements and studies can also utilize FRIPP loans.
WisDOT's State Urban Mass Transit Operating Assistance program provides operating cost assistance to support bus, shared-ride taxicab and rail services.
Federal transit programs further support rural and urban transit systems and specialized transit services in Wisconsin.
Connect 2050 Goal:
System Management
Utilize cost-effective preservation and maintenance techniques to maximize transportation investments.
What are we doing now? Some Examples
WisDOT uses an asset-management approach to schedule and fund transportation projects. This approach ensures the right project is constructed at the right place at the right time to maximize available funding.
WisDOT's bridge inspection program inventories and collects functional and safety conditions data for all transportation-related structures in Wisconsin through thousands of structure inspections conducted at regular intervals.
WisDOT's MAPSS Performance Improvement Program focuses on five core goals and associated performance measures that guide us in achieving our mission "to provide leadership in the development and operation of a safe and efficient transportation system." We report our progress quarterly in summarized "scorecards" and improvement reports for each performance measure.
WisDOT also meets federal requirements for system performance and measurement by reporting at regular intervals information about our assets to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
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.
06

Why should I participate?

Each one of us has a unique perspective on transportation and different ideas about what the future could be like.
As a Wisconsin resident, participating in Connect 2050 is a chance to share those opinions to help guide the coordinated development of our transportation system, at the state, regional and local levels.
After we evaluate the comments and survey results, we will report back to the public, creating a statewide “conversation” about our transportation future in Wisconsin.
And, when you sign up to receive our email updates, you stay informed about WisDOT’s activities, including transportation planning efforts that may relate to your local community or region.
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07

How can I get in touch?

WisDOT will consider comments submitted in writing, by calling or via email.
If you cannot access the virtual open house and need the information in an alternate format, please contact the Telecommunications Relay Systems (dial 711) or the Connect 2050 project team member listed.
Contact

Alexander Gramovot

Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Central Office

(608) 266-9495

Hill Farms State Office Building
4822 Madison Yards Way
Madison, WI 53705

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We appreciate your time, interest and your opinions!
Don't forget to send us your comments or take our survey.

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Affects the quality of our daily lives

Connects us – to jobs, schools, health care, one another

Supports the people, places and prosperity of Wisconsin

Play videoPlay video message from about Connect 2050 from Craig Thompson, Secretary-Designee of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation
View message about Connect 2050 from Craig Thompson, Secretary-Designee of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

Welcome!

We hope the information contained here will help you learn about the Connect 2050 statewide transportation plan, process, and your own priorities for our transportation future.

Thank you for your participation!
Click the "Back" and "Next" arrows to move through the topics
Use the contents bar on the left to visit select topics at any time
Use the red buttons at the top at any time to connect to the survey, comment form or website
02

What should I know about Connect 2050?

WisDOT periodically updates its statewide, long-range, multimodal plan – this year called Connect 2050 – with a fresh vision and renewed goals based on current and future socio-economic issues and trends.

"Statewide"

The Connect 2050 vision and goals guide WisDOT's decision-making for the state of Wisconsin

"Long-Range"

The Connect 2050 plan will look ahead up to 30 years

"Multimodal"

The plan impacts the whole transportation system – highways, transit, biking, walking, rail, aviation and water transport

The plan will help decision-makers make improvements to and investments in all types of transportation in our system – from roads to ports to sidewalks – throughout Wisconsin for the next roughly 30 years.
In addition to public input, we will also coordinate with tribes, metropolitan planning organizations and regional planning commissions and consider recommended policies from WisDOT’s system, modal, corridor and/or project plans.
We will follow federal and state requirements during the Connect 2050 public outreach, development, and publishing phases.
03

How will the Connect 2050 process unfold?

Our journey is just beginning! WisDOT will be developing the Connect 2050 plan in four phases through 2021.
Throughout development, we will continue to offer webinars and virtual meetings, and we will be accepting comments and survey submissions through the release of the final plan.
Summer/Fall 2020

Assess state of current transportation system, review trends, and get public input on transportation priorities.

Winter 2020/2021

Prepare draft plan and get public input through online and in-person events.

Spring
2021

Update draft Connect 2050 plan based on public and stakeholder feedback, and provide a 30-day public comment period.

Summer
2021

Release final Connect 2050 plan.

A note about COVID-19
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, we will conduct virtual or in-person public meetings in accordance with state and local public health guidelines for group gatherings during this pandemic.
04

What does Connect 2050 aim to achieve?

Connect 2050 has five primary goals: Economic Vitality, Safety and Security, Quality of Life and Natural Environment, System Integration and Connectivity, and System Management.
Connect 2050 Goal:
Economic Vitality
Maintain and improve the state’s transportation system so it is responsive to global and regional economic needs and changing conditions.
What are we doing now? Some Examples
Our Harbor Assistance Program helps fund projects within communities along the Great Lakes and Mississippi River that maintain and improve the shipping, port and waterway resources that support our economy.
Industry representatives on the Freight Advisory Committee keep WisDOT informed about issues that affect freight access, mobility and viable transport from, to and within Wisconsin.
WisDOT manages and implements freeway reconstruction and other highway projects, supporting the movement of people and goods throughout Wisconsin.
Safety and Security goal icon
Connect 2050 Goal:
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.
What are we doing now? Some Examples
Centerline rumble strips have been shown to reduce head-on fatal and injury crashes by 44% on rural two-lane roads and 64% on similar urban two-lane roads.
Shoulder rumble strips help reduce fatal and injury lane-departure crashes by up to 29% by alerting drivers when they move outside the driving lane.
Replacing traditional intersections with roundabouts where warranted reduces severe injury crashes while also reducing traffic delays.
As of 2019, Wisconsin had constructed 427 roundabouts, 162 of which are in rural areas and 246 in urban areas.
The Wisconsin Highway Safety Improvement Program funds safety projects across the state such as intersection improvements, addressing sight distance problems, eliminating roadside obstacles, and installing guardrails and barriers. The program, which also has a subprogram that focuses on high-crash-risk rural roads, aims to reduce the number and severity of crashes on all streets and highways.
Quality of Life and Natural Environment goal icon
Connect 2050 Goal:
Quality of Life and Natural Environment
Implement and manage a system that balances transportation needs with the natural environment and resource conservation.
What are we doing now? Some Examples
Since beginning the Wetland Mitigation Program in 1993, WisDOT projects have restored about 5,808 acres of wetlands in the state.
The health and safety of Wisconsin residents is WisDOT's priority; therefore, each time we update our Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, we analyze air quality using applicable state and federal regulations.
To help protect threatened and endangered species habitats, WisDOT seeds approximately 75 acres of land with native, flowering seed mixes each year.
Integration and Connectivity goal icon
Connect 2050 Goal:
System Integration and Connectivity
Bring modes of transportation together to provide a properly integrated system.
What are we doing now? Some Examples
WisDOT financially supports the Hiawatha rail service between Chicago and Milwaukee. Hiawatha, the busiest route in the Midwest, served a record 880,000 passengers in 2019.
A new Amtrak Thruway I-41 Bus Service connects with the Hiawatha service in Milwaukee, and provides two daily round-trip buses between Green Bay and Milwaukee with stops in Appleton, Oshkosh and Fond du Lac.
WisDOT's Freight Railroad Infrastructure Improvement Program, or FRIIP, provides loans for rail projects that connect industry to the national rail program, enhance the safe and efficient movement of freight, rehabilitate lines, and help develop the economy.
Since 1992, we've awarded $128 million in FRIIP loans. New for 2021, intermodal facility improvements and studies can also utilize FRIPP loans.
WisDOT's State Urban Mass Transit Operating Assistance program provides operating cost assistance to support bus, shared-ride taxicab and rail services.
Federal transit programs further support rural and urban transit systems and specialized transit services in Wisconsin.
Connect 2050 Goal:
System Management
Utilize cost-effective preservation and maintenance techniques to maximize transportation investments.
What are we doing now? Some Examples
WisDOT uses an asset-management approach to schedule and fund transportation projects. This approach ensures the right project is constructed at the right place at the right time to maximize available funding.
WisDOT's bridge inspection program inventories and collects functional and safety conditions data for all transportation-related structures in Wisconsin through thousands of structure inspections conducted at regular intervals.
WisDOT's MAPSS Performance Improvement Program focuses on five core goals and associated performance measures that guide us in achieving our mission "to provide leadership in the development and operation of a safe and efficient transportation system." We report our progress quarterly in summarized "scorecards" and improvement reports for each performance measure.
WisDOT also meets federal requirements for system performance and measurement by reporting at regular intervals information about our assets to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
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.
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What trends can affect transportation?

06

Why should I participate?

Each one of us has a unique perspective on transportation and different ideas about what the future could be like.
As a Wisconsin resident, participating in Connect 2050 is a chance to share those opinions to help guide the coordinated development of our transportation system, at the state, regional and local levels.
After we evaluate the comments and survey results, we will report back to the public, creating a statewide “conversation” about our transportation future in Wisconsin.
And, when you sign up to receive our email updates, you stay informed about WisDOT’s activities, including transportation planning efforts that may relate to your local community or region.
Are you ready to connect?
share a
comment
TAke Our
Survey
Get Email
Updates
07

How can I get in touch?

WisDOT will consider comments submitted in writing, by calling or via email.
If you cannot access the virtual open house and need the information in an alternate format, please contact the Telecommunications Relay Systems (dial 711) or the Connect 2050 project team member listed.
Contact

Alexander Gramovot

Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Central Office

contact-phone-icon

(608) 266-9495

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Hill Farms State Office Building
4822 Madison Yards Way
Madison, WI 53705

Follow Us
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We appreciate your time, interest and your opinions!
Don't forget to send us your comments or take our survey.
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