By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published Oct 31, 2008 at 12:35 PM

Ald. Joe Davis, Sr. introduced a capital improvement project to implement a high-speed light rail system in Milwaukee at a Common Council Finance and Personnel Committee meeting Friday.

"When people have greater access to all parts of our city and even to our suburbs, they have greater access to jobs and economic opportunity," said Davis.

"I work with the NLC (National League of Cities) across the country and in every city, in every discussion, public transportation is significantly more advanced outside the Milwaukee area. We must bring our city into the here and now and take advantage of the opportunities better transportation provides and the immediate necessity for public transportation we face."

According to a statement from Davis' office, the amendment drew "heavy discussion" and will be brought to the full council on Nov. 7.

"The design and implementation of light rail doesn't just bring Milwaukee up to par with the rest of the country or provide access to suburban communities. Light rail is a viable way to leverage federal dollars and open up the amount of development, fiscal and cultural opportunities Milwaukee deserves." Ald. Davis said.