Madison Mayor: Voters Must Get on Board for Streetcars to Advance

Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz says he'll ask voters to decide whether to move forward with a plan to install a streetcar system.

The mayor has argued that building miles of streetcar tracks downtown would encourage development in aging neighborhoods, fight urban sprawl and reduce traffic congestion. A city committee is studying how to proceed.

The mayor's opponents in the April election have hammered him in recent weeks over the idea and alleged he was trying to force it on the public. Even some of the mayor's allies say the idea is unpopular and is hurting his re-election bid.

Cieslewicz says he'll introduce a resolution at the next City Council meeting requiring a binding referendum before the city could move forward on a streetcar project.


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