(WLAX/WEUX) – A new rail project may allow Amtrak service to double between Chicago and Saint Paul.
The project, which is called the twin cities-Milwaukee-Chicago passenger rail project, is a 53-million-dollar investment improving tracks along the Amtrak’s empire builder route in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
In addition to the three principal cities along the route, train stops in western Wisconsin cities include Tomah and La Crosse.
With the number of trains potentially doubling, that could make it easier to add connecting bus services to cities like Eau Claire.
Arun Rao, Wisconsin Dot Passenger Rail Manager said, “This is really more than the rail corridor or the rail service itself but rather about improving our overall intercity transportation network to get more value out of existing resources.”
A majority of the project will be paid for using federal dollars.
The state of Wisconsin is expected to contribute about six-and-a-half million dollars with construction is scheduled to start in 2023.