Amtrak proposes service to Eau Claire

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CHIPPEWA VALLEY, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Passenger rail service could be coming to the Chippewa Valley.

Yesterday, Amtrak announced its new plan for adding and improving service throughout the U.S.

This includes a new route between Chicago and Saint Paul, with a stop in Eau Claire along the way.

The proposed route also has stops in Madison and Milwaukee.

The leader of a group working to bring passenger rail service to the area says Amtrak would make Eau Claire more appealing to potential residents.

“It would make us an attractive place to live. One of the visions we have is that this a way to attract more high-quality talent to live in the Eau Claire area. We’ve been recognized as one of the best small communities in the country,” Scott Rogers, West Central Wisconsin Rail Coalition Chair.

The West Central Wisconsin Rail Coalition is also working to bring daily commuter rail service between the Chippewa Valley and Saint Paul.

Currently, Amtrak trains only stop in Tomah and La Crosse for western Wisconsin.

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