CHIPPEWA VALLEY, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Passenger rail service from Minnesota to the Chippewa Valley is one step closer to becoming reality.
The Chippewa- Saint Croix Rail commission will be forming within the next few weeks. It’ll be the public side of a proposed public-private partnership bringing commuter passenger rail service from Saint Paul to the Chippewa Valley along the I-94 corridor.
The chair of the West-Central Wisconsin Rail Coalition, which is trying to organize the partnership, says the project is key to Eau Claire’s economic future.
Scott Rogers, West Central Wisconsin Rail Coalition Chair said, “We’ve had a lot of interest in people moving to communities like our and it can help them be even more competitive and attractive if not only can you drive and have good highway access but if you can also get on a train and get back and forth.”
Rogers says it’ll be at least three to five years before passenger rail service could begin.