Thursday, February 8, 2018

"Prospect of added Amtrak service to meet Foxconn needs will go before Milwaukee board"

From JSOnline:

, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Published 6:10 p.m. CT Feb. 7, 2018 | Updated 6:28 p.m. CT Feb. 7, 2018

A city panel takes up the prospect of expanded Amtrak service to improve transit options for workers at the planned Foxconn Technology Group industrial park on Thursday.

The Public Transportation Review Board will discuss the status of adding three additional daily Milwaukee-to-Chicago trips, in part, to accommodate the Taiwan-based company’s expected big workforce in Mount Pleasant.

Adding more service between the cities at an estimated cost of $200 million has been in the planning stages for years by Amtrak, Wisconsin and Illinois officials.

An environmental impact statement of the project is close to being completed.

"That means you almost have a shovel-ready project,"  said Ald. Bob Bauman, chairman of the committee.

He sees expanded rail service as a way to move Milwaukee residents to jobs in Racine County. 

"That's the big picture," he said. "That's the bottom line."

Amtrak provides service to Sturtevant, which is a mile or two from the Foxconn site. 

In 2016, Amtrak and Wisconsin and Illinois officials held public hearings on the increasing service. At the time of the hearings, officials said ridership on the Hiawatha line had increased significantly in the past 15 years.

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