This Wisconsin governor and this Wisconsin legislature, controlled by Republicans and tea party ideology, are to put it mildly against mass transit. People should just buy cars and use highways, like God intended, or else they should walk. Bicycles? Another no-no, because, hey, they get in the way of cars.
So, defund intercity passenger rail improvements, cut public bus subsidies, and label as wasteful and verboten any more advanced mass transit alternatives such as intercity commuter rail, electric trolleys and other systems that are enjoying rapid growth in other regions of the US.
Whereas, thoughtful, conservation-minded, health-oriented states and countries are very forward-looking. For instance, consider this report from Agence France-Presse, headlined "Paris makes public transport free to tackle severe pollution":
Paris authorities said Thursday they would make public transport free for three days to encourage drivers to leave their vehicles behind due to severe pollution caused by unusually warm weather and lack of wind... . The French capital has been under maximum pollution alert for several days, as have many other regions in the country.